Honour killing: 14-year-old girl strangled to death, body hanged in Uttar Pradesh

In a case of honour killing, a 14-year-old girl was strangulated to death by her family members who later hanged her body to pass it off as a case of suicide in Mirzapur Jagir village , police said today. The victim, a class VIII student was spotted with her paramour by her family members while .. read more

Canada orders extradition in alleged ‘honour’ killing

OTTAWA: The mother and uncle of a Canadian woman allegedly killed over her secret marriage to a poor rickshaw driver were ordered Friday to be extradited to India to face charges. A final decision, however, rests with Canada’s attorney general, and could still be appealed. Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu was found strangled and beaten to death .. read more

Loophole halts justice for honor killing victims in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan — Batool Haddad, a Christian girl from the northern Jordanian village of Khirbet Wahadneh, kept relatively quiet about her interest in Islam, mentioning it probably only to her sister, who also kept it to herself. But when Haddad converted to Islam after attending a lecture by a Saudi preacher, according to local reports, she told .. read more

Honor killings haunt Turkey’s gay community

Two months ago, the Bar Association in Diyarbakir, the largest city of Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, received an application from an underage boy, who, on the advice of friends, sought refuge with the institution. The teenager, whose name is withheld due to his receiving death threats, wrote along the following lines: “I was beaten by family .. read more

UK calls for action on child and early forced marriage in Mozambique

DFID Mozambique and International Development Minster Lynne Featherstone host summit on child and early forced marriage. A major summit on ending child and early forced marriage in Mozambique has been held by the UK’s Department for International Development. Mozambique has one of the highest rates of child and early forced marriage (CEFM) in the world, .. read more

Displaced Afghan women risk “cheap” marriages, isolation and depression

Violence against women is endemic in Afghanistan with cases of “honour” killings, rape, domestic violence and forced marriage well-documented and well-known. But women and girls who have been displaced from their homes during decades of conflict seem to be even worse off, according to the latest edition of Forced Migration Review, which looks at Afghanistan’s displaced .. read more

Chibok Schoolgirls: Muslim cleric says forced marriage is anti-Islam

“Islam is not in support of forced marriage, which the insurgents claimed to subject the abducted girls to.” An Onitsha-based Muslim cleric, Hanafi Anasalatu, on Thursday, said forced marriage was not part of Islam or the teaching of Prophet Muhammad. Reacting to the abduction of school girls in Chibok, Borno, Mr. Anasalatu told journalists in .. read more

Leeds charity tackling forced marriages head on

The founder of a Yorkshire charity says a fear of being labelled racist is stopping authorities tackling the growing problem of forced marriage. Last year at least five thousand women from the UK were sent abroad to be married against their against their will – a quarter were under 17, and some were as young .. read more

Karma Nirvana founder to speak at forced marriage conference

Criminal justice experts are heading to Derby for a national conference into forced marriage. It’s to discuss how they can increase protection for vulnerable women ahead of forced marriages being made a criminal offence next month. I’m delighted to be co-hosting the first national conference on Forced Marriage, where we will be talking about its .. read more

Forced marriage a problem for all religious minority communities in Britain

Forced marriage is not confined to Britain’s Muslim communities but exists among all minority groups, the head of a commission into the issue has said. Baroness Butler-Sloss said there was “a great deal of pressure” on parents and elders to ensure that children married within their strongly religious communities. The former High Court judge, who .. read more