Honour Killing lands In-laws Behind Bars

In yet another case of suspected honour killing, a 22-year-old woman was brutally murdered by her in-laws who force-fed her poison after tying her up. According to police, Boobathi, daughter of Chellapillai from Pudukottai, belonging to the Udayar community, fell in love with Satish Kumar, son of Kannan from the Thevar community in Bodinayakanur, while .. read more

Interview: Shan Khan on Honour

With his debut feature Honour – starring Paddy Considine and Aiysha Hart – out now in cinemas across Britain, we had the distinct pleasure of discussing the project with the film’s writer and director, Shan Khan. The film tackles the themes of honour killing, as we delve into the life of a young girl (Hart), .. read more

Derby College tackles forced marriage

A programme to tackle forced marriage and “honour” based abuse has been launched by an East Midlands further education college. Derby College is working with charity Karma Nirvana to train personal coaches and “safeguarding officers” to recognise and deal with the issue. Karma Nirvana has campaigned to make forced marriage a crime. The college will .. read more

Newham College student organises seminar on FGM and forced marriage

Abdul Vijad, who lives in Manor Park, held the seminar at the College’s East Ham Campus as part of his Citizenship GCSE. Abdul, who was born in India, says he chose to invite speakers to discuss female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage because they affect the lives of many young people. He said: “We .. read more

1,000 minority girls forced in marriage every year: report

WASHINGTON: An estimated one thousand Christian and Hindu women are forced to convert and marry Muslim men in Pakistan every year, says a report released on Monday. According to a report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, up to 700 of these women are Christian and 300 are Hindu. “The true scale .. read more

Nigeria: Girl forced into marriage poisons groom

Kano: A child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria killed her groom and three of his friends with a poisoned meal, police said on Thursday. Fourteen-year-old Wasila Umaru was married last week to 35-year-old Umaru Sani, according to assistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majia. Over the weekend, the groom invited a dozen friends to celebrate at .. read more

Don’t Separate ‘Honour Crimes’ From Other Violence Against Women

Most would agree that with a women murdered every six days in Canada, we need to address gendered violence in all its forms. This cannot be done, tempting and reassuring as it might be, by simplistically attributing the problem to one religious group to the exclusion of others. In the Clarion Project’s latest documentary titled Honour .. read more

Ghana’s child marriage rate alarming

A survey conducted by the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) Ghana has shown the country has one of the highest child marriage occurrence rates in the world. The survey showed that one out of four girls would be married before their 18th birthday. Additionally, the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey in 2008 .. read more

WiLDAF sensitizes Muslims against early marriages

Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) in partnership with CARE Ghana, has organised a day’s seminar to sensitise Muslims, especially Imams, on the need to fight against early and forced marriages among girls. The theme for the seminar: “Positive Action against Early and Forced Marriages,” is to ensure that children enjoy their rights .. read more

Girl, 14, Rescued From Forced Marriage

A 14-year old girl from Niger Republic has been rescued after she was forcefully married to a Bureau de Change operator in Yaba area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria. The girl (name withheld) was forcefully married to 25-year old Bashiru Yaya also from Niger Republic on 29 December, 2013 while the girl was still in Senior .. read more