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Forced marriage an emerging problem in Australia despite laws, welfare groups say

Hundreds of women in Australia are still being forced into marriage despite the practice being made illegal just over a year ago, Victorian welfare groups have said. Laws passed by the Labor government in 2013 made it illegal to coerce, threaten or deceive someone into marriage. And while Victorian authorities have yet to prosecute anyone .. read more

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Aug

In cold blood: Man kills sister over ‘honour’

Shabqadar: In an apparent case of honour killing, a man killed his teenage sister Zubaida in Dildar Ghari, Charsadda on Saturday over suspicions that she was in a relationship. The victim’s stepsister Musarat was also injured in the firing. Musarat told the police at the hospital’s casualty ward that she was at home with Zubaida when .. read more

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Aug

Father, brothers kill girl for ‘honour’

AGRA : In a suspected case of honour killing in Mainpuri, a girl was beaten to death allegedly by her father and three brothers. According to the sources, the girl’s family burnt the body in the field behind their house at Aaunch village. Police, who reached to the spot on Thursday evening, termed the death .. read more

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Aug

Adopt a comprehensive law against honour killing

The reason for these killings is that many families tie their reputations to their women. If she does something wrong, the only way to rectify the family’s honour is to have a wife, daughter or sister killed On July 24, 2014, a young girl was shot dead allegedly by her father in the name of .. read more

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Aug

Woman fears ‘honour’ killing, moves court

CHENNAI: A Rajasthani woman, who married a Coimbatore youth in April this year after a two-year-long affair, has moved the Madras high court saying she apprehended “honour killing” by her relatives. A division bench, which had on July 10 allowed the 19- year-old woman to go with her parents as per her desire, recalled the .. read more

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Aug

Rape victim faces honour killing

Honour killings in rape cases are common in Afghanistan, and are often more important to the victim’s family than vengeance against the attacker It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defence that it had .. read more

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Aug

Kurdish Teenager’s “Honor Killing” Fades to Memory as Iraq Violence Swells

DOHUK, Iraq — The child’s body was found lying beneath the trees on the outskirts of Shekhan village. Her young, once beautiful face was missing its right eye; her left breast was cut open. Dunya, just 15 years old, had been shot nine times with an AK-47 assault rifle. Blades of grass were matted in .. read more

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Aug

FGM and child marriage: grandmothers are part of the problem and the solution

Girls on their own can’t change the norms that endanger them. Understand the role of the other women in a girl’s life Child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) are firmly under the spotlight at the UK government’s Girl Summit this month, with both practices gaining increased recognition as barriers to both women’s rights and sustainable .. read more

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Aug

The Syrian mothers forcing their daughters to marry to keep them safe: “We had to take in the wedding dress to make it fit her tiny body”

“I had to tell her how to behave with her husband – that he would kiss her and she should not shudder” The conflict in Syria has had a devastating effect on women. Crammed into camps with thousands of others, often having lost husbands and sons to the war, 150,000 families are headed by women .. read more

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Aug

Strategy to tackle child marriages angers women’s health expert

Eman Sharobeem says leaving Immigrant Women’s Health Service out of human trafficking and slavery talks is a betrayal The director of the Immigrant Women’s Health Service says she feels “deceived, attacked and ignored” by the commitment of almost $500,000 in federal government funding toward religious and academic organisations to address the issue of child marriages .. read more

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Aug