11-12-15 10:25 AM'Honour' crimes against women in UK rising rapidly, figures show | UK news | The GuardianPage 1 of 3http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/dec/03/honour-crimes-uk-rising/print
'Honour' crimes against women in UK rising rapidly, figuresshow | UK news | The Guardian
The number of women and girls in the UK suffering violence and intimidation at thehands of their families or communities is increasing rapidly, according to figures re-vealing the nationwide scale of "honour" abuse for the first time.Statistics obtained under theFreedom of InformationAct about such violence –which can include threats, abduction, acid attacks, beatings, forced marriage, mutila-tion and murder – show that in the 12policeforce areas for which comparable datawas available, reports went up by 47% in just a year.The figures, shared with the Guardian by theIranian and Kurdish Women's RightsOrganisation (Ikwro) , also reveal that a small number of forces – including four inScotland– are still not collecting data on how often such violence occurs.The 39 police forces that gave Ikwro figures recorded 2,823 incidents in 2010. Ikwroestimates that another 500 crimes in which police were involved were committed inthe 13 force areas that did not provide data.But this is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg, campaigners say, as so many inci-dents go unreported because of victims' fears of recriminations. Jasvinder Sanghera of victim support groupKarma Nirvanasaid the real figure could be four times as high.Among the 12 forces that gave figures for 2009 and 2010, the number of incidents rosefrom 938 to 1,381. InLondon , reported incidents rose from 235 to 495; in GreaterManchester , from 105 to 189.Ikwro's campaigns officer, Fionnuala Ni Mhurchu, said the increase was probablydue partly to better police awareness and to more victims coming forward after cov-erage of high-profile prosecutions, but that violence itself was also increasing asyoung people increasingly refused to bow to their families' demands."They're resisting abuses of their human rights such as forced marriage more andmore," she said. "And as a result they're being subjected to this kind of violence. Wehear from the community that this violence is on the increase.