Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Majority of young Brit-Asians support ‘Honour Code’

 
A majority of young British Asians support implementing a code of honour in their families and communities, according to a poll conducted by the BBC’s Panorama program.
The study of 500 young Asians also revealed 18% thought physical beatings on women was justfiable for certain ‘crimes’, including disobeying the father or wanting to leave an existing or prearranged marriage.
Alarmingly, 6% of those polled said ‘honour killing’ was permissible.
Women’s Rights activist Jasvinder Sanghera – herself a victim of abuse – told Panorama it was time for Britain’s Asian community to speak out about the prevalence of the honour code:  “I’ve yet to see community leaders, religious leaders, politicians, Asian councillors give real leadership on this” she said.
“They don’t because they know it makes them unpopular.”
Nazir Afzal of the Crown Prosecution Service said “We don’t know the true figure of honour killings.  It’s anything between 10 and 12 a year in this country. I don’t know how many other unmarked graves there are in this country in our green and pleasant land.”
-    Staff Reporter (Edited by Vijitha Alles)
Panorama: Britain's Crimes of Honour: Monday 19th , BBC One, Monday 19 March at 20:30 GMT and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.

Majority of young Brit-Asians support ‘Honour Code’

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