Skip to comments.Asian PCs 'blocking crackdown on honour killings'
Posted on 02/03/2008 1:06:26 AM PST by forkinsocket
Some Asians in the police and in Government jobs have been accused of blocking the crackdown against so-called honour killings.
It is alleged they are not only failing to help desperate women trying to flee abuse and arranged marriages but are actively encouraging punishment for those they believe are breaking traditional taboos.
Terrified victims who seek official help are even being tracked down by a network of Asian men working in Government departments and social services, according to a study written by the think-tank Social Cohesion.
One woman was found by her family after she signed on at a Jobcentre where a member of the Asian community was working.
The report also claims some Asian police officers actually return women to their abusive families or refuse to act against men enforcing 'traditional' roles.
Meanwhile, non-Asian officials and police officers are scared of acting against families who abuse their relatives for fear of being branded as racist, the report says.
The study follows the horrific case of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod, from Mitcham, South London, whose body was found in a suitcase after she was raped and strangled with a bootlace by hitmen hired by her family.
She was killed for falling in love with a man the family disapproved of despite unsuccessfully asking police for help five times.
In one plea she recorded a video message that helped convict her father and uncle of her murder.
Controversially, the report accuses one of the Government's closest advisers on Muslim matters, the Muslim Council of Britain, of hampering attempts to criminalise forced marriage.
It said: "The MCB has sought to block legislation aimed at ending honour-based violence. Almost all women's groups interviewed for this report say that the MCB has done little or nothing to end honour-based violence...
"In many northern towns...South Asian women are often afraid to seek help because they know that Asians working in local government believe that women who break traditional taboos deserve to be punished."
Report contributor Nazir Afzal, of the Crown Prosecution Service, added: "Domestic violence is not an issue the Muslim Council of Britain wants to know about."
David Davies, the Tory MP for Monmouth who is on the Home Affairs Select committee investigating forced marriages and domestic violence, said: "Thousands of girls are being taken to Pakistan every year for marriage, although it is best described as abduction and rape."
James Brandon, one of the report's authors, said: "It is estimated that ten women a year in Britain die through honour killings and honour violence. The Government must change the way it approaches this problem."
The MCB said: "Our position has always been clear: so-called honour killings are murder. They are severe criminal offences which we condemn."
It never ceases to amaze me how far the Brit and European press will euphemistically go to avoid calling the white elephant in the room a white elephant.
“Some Muslims in the police and in Government jobs”
The original was probably more accurate. Honour killings have been seen in the Sikh and Hindu, as well as Muslim communities. Probably more so with Muslims and Sikhs though.
Why do they allow these savage people in the country?
Traditionally, “Asian” in Britain means, by default, South Asian. The folks Americans call Asian, the Brits call “East Asian.” I’s an empire thing — the predominant “Asian” population in Britain is from the former colonies that today are India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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