Britain launches 'honor crime' inquiry

Dec. 6, 2004 at 11:21 AM
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LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Britain has launched an investigation into 118 suspected "honor killings" among the country's Asian population, Sky News reported Monday.

A conference organized by the Crown Prosecution Service was organized to raise awareness of suicides, false imprisonment, forced marriages and murder. Suicides among Asian and Muslim women in Britain are three times the national average.

"All societies practice violence against women and we don't want to lose sight of that, but we're talking here about crimes of murder in dreadful circumstances," said the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken Macdonald.

One of the more recent cases involved the stabbing death of 16-year-old Heshu Jones in London. She was killed by her Kurdish father who believed she had dishonored the family by having a boyfriend.

The report said honor crimes are not confined exclusively to South Asian families, as there were also cases from Turkish, Romanian, Bosnian and Kosovan, West African and Middle Eastern families.

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