‘Honour Killing’ Rocks Karnal Village

KARNAL – In a case of suspected honour killing, Manoj Kumar (21) and Kiran (19), both residents of Bhaini Kalan village, near Karnal, were allegedly killed and cremated by their parents last night. Manoj, who was already married, had an affair with Kiran. They were planning to get married. Their parents were against it as .. read more

Girl found dead, cops suspect honour killing

PANCHKULA: A minor girl was found dead in her house under mysterious circumstances in Saketri village of Panchkula on Sunday morning. While the family alleged she had committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance after she was stalked and harassed by 40-year-old Gajender, who lives in a rented accommodation near the victim’s house, the police .. read more

Honour killing: Man kills wife over suspicious of illicit relations

SUKKAR: A man killed his wife in the name of honour by declaring her Kari. Husband has killed wife in the name of owner near Salihpat, Police has failed the attempt of the murderer to burry the corpse. According to details, in Kilwarah village of Salihput a person Qadir Baksh Shanbani killed her young wife .. read more

LHC honour killing: Activists demand justice for slain woman

ISLAMABAD: The brutal murder of a pregnant 25 year-old woman by her family at the Lahore High Court on Tuesday infuriated civil society members, who assembled near the National Press Club and began chanting slogans against the federal and provincial governments. They were demanding the federal and provincial governments arrest the victim’s family members who were responsible for .. read more

Jasvinder Sanghera: Speaking out on Forced Marriage

I have just shared a platform with other campaigners speaking on injustice. I often feel quite alone on this journey, as one who has met with unpopularity, risk and been disowned by family. Today reminds me of how very wrong that sentiment is, as there are many people just like me. This experience is part .. read more

Pakistan’s slow but steady progress on ending child marriage

Law passed in Sindh province shows that despite religious opposition, steps taken to outlaw child marriage are taking effect Pakistani students sing songs during a lesson. Child marriage often spells an abrupt end to pupils’ education. Photograph: Nathalie Bardou/AP The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), one of Pakistan’s most influential religious and constitutional bodies, has announced .. read more

Child brides big issue in Africa

The case of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram is not unique. Millions of African girls are being forced into early marriage. Layalush Mersha, an Ethiopian woman in her 40s was married at the age of seven. “He slept with me at nine,” she told experts gathered for an African Union meeting on child marriage .. read more

Durham conference addresses South Asian family violence

DURHAM — This is the second in a two-part series about family violence in Durham’s South Asian community. Part one profiled a Pickering woman who was faced with the threat of forced marriage to a man she had never met. As Durham’s diversity increases rapidly — especially in the west-end communities of Ajax and Pickering .. read more

New legislation makes offence punishable by prison

New legislation making forced marriage a criminal offence has been welcomed by former Keighley MP Ann Cryer, who campaigned for many years on the issue. The law change means that from June 16, those found guilty of instigating a forced marriage could face up to seven years in prison. Mrs Cryer, who spoke out strongly .. read more

Feature: Forced marriages in East London

With perpetrators of forced marriages facing jail terms when the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 comes into effect next month, reporter Janine Rasiah speaks to a victim who has turned her life around and a Newham-based charity which supports those looking for help. Almost half of the women supported at Beverley Lewis House .. read more