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Honour Killing of wife and children in Afghanistan...
Link Here 13th July 2012

Afghanistan flagA 30-year-old woman and two of her children were beheaded overnight in Afghanistan's east, police said, in what appeared to be the latest in a rapidly growing trend of so-called honour killings.

Police said they suspected the woman Serata's divorced husband of barging into her house in the capital of Ghazni province and murdering her, alongside their eight-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter.

The children saw the killer take their mother's head off, so he killed them too, a local policeman said, adding that the attacker had spared Sereta's two-year-old daughter.


11th April

Forcible Circumcision...

Father jailed for circumcising his son against the wishes of the mother who had custody
Link Here
Belgium flagA 23 year old Moroccan was sentenced to jail for circumcising his two year old son against the wishes of the mother.

A court  sentenced the man to two years (one of which is conditional). He also has to pay 7500 euro compensation to his son and the baby's mother.

The man circumcised his son, since he couldn't accept that his son wouldn't be raised according to Moroccan values. The mother, a Flemish woman, withheld her pregnancy from him, because she didn't want the kid to be raised as a Muslim.

After the circumcision the boy was successfully treated in a hospital and there are no remaining injuries.



FGM Horrors...French cleric and his wife jailed for torturing their daughters
Link Here 10th June 2012  full story: Stop FGM...The nasty world of female genital mutilation

France flag An Islamic cleric and his wife have been jailed for the genital mutilation of their four daughters.

The case has shocked France and was branded by a female government minister as a grave crime and an intolerable affront to women's dignity.

All four of the victims, now aged between 11 and 20, were in court to hear the sentence and wept and cried out as their parents were led away from the dock. A young victims: The four victims of the genital mutilation wept in court as their parents were sent down

The unnamed father was sentenced to two years and his wife got 18 months for allowing a doctor to remove parts of their vaginas. They were charged with complicity in voluntary violence having led to mutilation by an older person of a minor under the age of 15 years , a crime punishable by a maximum of 20 years jail.



Family jailed for honour killing in Germany...
Link Here 24th May 2012

Germany flagA court in Germany jailed five Kurdish siblings for the honour killing of their 18-year-old sister after she left home to live with her German boyfriend.

The court in the western city of Detmold was told the family was furious when Arzu O chose to live her life her own way, following German customs, instead of the immigrant family's Yazidi traditions, and broke off contact with her parents.

Arzu's brother Osman, 22, was jailed for life. He admitted firing the shots that killed her.

Judge Michael Reineke said the crime had the hallmarks of an honour killing. He said immigrants had to fit in with German values.

She was just a little girl who wanted to be happy, Reineke told the defendants as he passed sentence.

Two sisters, Sirin, 27, and Kirer, 25, were jailed for 10 years for kidnapping and being accessories to murder.

Two brothers, Elvis, 21, and Kemal, 24, received 51/2 years for kidnapping.



Update: Honour beheading in India with a ceremonial sword...
Link Here 24th June 2012  full story: Honour Crime...International honour killings and family crime

India flagA father who admitted beheading his daughter with a sword in a so-called honour killing in northwestern India showed no remorse when he was seen for the first time since the incident.

Oghad Singh surrendered at a police station two days ago, carrying his daughter's head in one hand and the bloodied ceremonial sword he had used to chop it off in the other.

Residents of Dungarji village expressed shock as they performed the last rites for the 20-year-old woman who had accused of sleeping around by her father. Unrepentant: Oghad Singh, pictured in white, surrendered at a police station, carrying his daughter's head in one hand and the bloodied sword he had used to cut it off in the other

Police said Mr Singh, a marble miner, accused his daughter of bringing dishonour to the family and of making it hard to find husbands for her two unmarried sisters.



Update: Family Pressure...Malaysian family kills daughter in exorcism ritual
Link Here 17th August 2012  full story: Exorcism...Kill or Cure: Possessed by Nonsense

Malaysia flagPolice in Malaysia say a toddler has died after seven of her family members and a maid piled on top of her in a suspected exorcism. The three-year-old girl's parents were among the adults who carried out the ritual.

The eight have been arrested, the local police chief Azman Abdul Lah said. Police broke into the house after receiving a tip-off and found the eight piled on top of the toddler, he said: They were chanting in the room. Police believe they were involved in an exorcism ritual to drive away evil spirits.

The girl died of suffocation, police said, and investigations were ongoing.


3rd April

 Offsite Article: Inhumanity in Pakistan...

Link Here
Former Pakistani dancing girl commits suicide 12 years after horrific acid attack by her husband. Her ex-husband was charged with attempted murder in 2002 but was acquitted

See article from


27th March

Update: Murderous in Pakistan...

Human Rights Commission reports that 943 women in Pakistan were murdered in the name of honour in 2011
Link Here  full story: Honour Crime...International honour killings and family crime

Pakistan flagAt least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family's honor, the country's leading human rights group has said.

The statistics highlight the growing scale of violence suffered by many women at the hands of extreme Muslims in Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there is no law against domestic violence.

Activists say the government needs to do more to prosecute murderers in cases largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs.

At least 943 women were killed in the name of honor, of which 93 were minors, wrote the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report. Seven Christian and two Hindu women were among the victims, it said. Around 595 of the women killed were accused of having illicit relations and 219 of marrying without permission. Most of the women were killed by their brothers and husbands.

In the previous year, 2010, the Commission reported 791 honor killings .



Where the Sun Doesn't Shine...Arrests amongst catacomb sect imprisoning their children underground
Link Here 17th August 2012

Russia flagAt least four members of a Muslim catacomb sect in Tatarstan have been charged with child abuse for allegedly keeping dozens of children underground without heat, sunlight or proper ventilation for nearly a decade.

Reports say Faizrakhman Sattarov, the sect's 83-year-old leader, was charged with arbitrariness.

Authorities found about 70 people living in the underground bunker, including 27 children and 38 adults who were in squalid catacomb-like cells, dug out on eight different levels beneath Sattarov's house.

To passersby on the surface, the complex appears to be a three-story brick house topped by a small minaret with a tin crescent moon and situated on a 700-square-meter plot of land.

Some children were born in the underground bunker beneath the building and had never seen the light of day.

Tatarstan police say the house was built illegally and will be demolished.



Force marriage in Catalonia, Spain...
Link Here 25th August 2012

Spanish flagPolice in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia have intervened to prevent the forced marriage of a 13-year-old girl belonging to a Muslim immigrant family from Morocco.

The girl was one of nine reported victims of forced marriage in Catalonia during the first six months of 2012. Seven of the reported cases involved minors, but in several instances when police were alerted, they were unable to intervene in time to prevent the marriages from taking place.

Catalan police have reported a cumulative total of more than 50 forced marriages involving minors since the regional government began compiling official data in 2009. Police, however, say this figure represents only the tip of the iceberg ; many victims are unaware of their rights and most of the cases go unreported.

As forced marriage is not an offense under the Spanish Criminal Code, police have been trying to use other legal avenues such as pursuing crimes involving sexual assault, unlawful detention, gender violence and kidnapping. In the instance of the 13-year-old, police determined that the girl was being subjected to physical violence, and arrested the father for child abuse. But as is often happens in Spain, the judge overseeing the case ordered the father to be released from jail.

Man attacks his divorcing wife with acid in Spain...
Link Here 26th June 2012

Spanish flagA man of Arab background threw sulfuric acid in his wife's face. The victim was a 29-year-old Spanish woman who had never previously made any legal complaints of mistreatment directed against her. She had, however, filed for a separation from her husband.

The woman was doused with sulfuric acid while screaming in pain, but she did not lose consciousness, so that she could identify her ex-partner, an Arab man. The assailant was confronted by several passers-by, who were also injured during the attack. They rushed to her aid while shouting for help. Among them was a female pharmacist who noticed what was happening just at the moment the victim was attacked.

The victim remains hospitalized in serious condition in the burn unit at La Paz Hospital. She herself could say in a perfectly lucid state of consciousness that she was in the process of divorcing an Arab man.

After the wounds on her face had been checked, it was confirmed by the health center that her prognosis was grave.



Update: Marriage Vows...Sweden moves to criminalise forced marriage
Link Here 28th May 2012  full story: Forced Marriage in the UK...Co-erced into Co-habitation

Sweden flagAnyone in Sweden who forces someone else to get married against their will can be sent to prison, according to proposed legislation which aims to criminalize forced marriages.

We want to criminalize child marriage and forced marriage. It should also be a punishable offence to take a child out of the country and marry them off there, Goran Lambertz, who heads the government inquiry tasked with drawing up new legislation, told Sveriges Television (SVT).

Lambertz has said previously that the new law included a proposal that anyone convicted of forced marriage could be sentenced to up to two years in prison.



Dangerous Sexuality...Turkish accusations of honour killing of gay son
Link Here 14th September 2012

Turkey flagThe LGBT community of a southeastern province of Turkey is accusing a teenage boy's father and uncle of killing the teen because he was gay, the Turkish newspaper the Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The newspaper identifies the 17-year-old boy as R.A. and reports that the LGBT community in Diyarbakir claims his rich and powerful father and uncle murdered the young boy because he was gay and then tried to cover the incident up.

R.A. had been living with a friend's family because he had allegedly been exposed to violence by his own family due to his sexuality, the publication notes. But the boy's uncle physically removed R.A. from his friend's home and R.A and his father then got into an argument. His father allegedly ended up shooting him 14 times, then he and the boy's uncle got rid of the body.

Since the incident, which occurred last month, the two men have been arrested for their role in the killing.



Learning Difficulties...Mother said to have murdered 8 year old son after he failed to learn the Koran
Link Here 16th November 2012

Ragged Union JackA mother murdered her seven-year old son and set his body on fire when he struggled to learn the Koran off by heart, a court heard.

Sara Ege used a stick to beat her son Yaseen like a dog if he couldn't recite passages from the religious text, it is alleged.

A court has heard the beatings were so brutal that Yaseen died from his injuries, and his mother tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence.

Yaseen was originally thought to have died in a tragic accident in the house fire. But a post mortem examination showed Ege had been beating and abusing her son in the months leading up to his murder, the court was told.

Update: Convicted

23rd December 2012. See article from

A mother who beat her son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart, murdered him and burned his body to hide the evidence, a jury has found.

Sara Ege, 33, treated son Yaseen like a dog, brutally beating him with a stick for failing to memorise religious texts.

The bright seven-year-old died in July 2010 from internal injuries caused by three months of punishing beatings from his own mother.

His death was treated as a terrible tragedy in the aftermath of the blaze but it was quickly found he was dead before it was set.

Update: Sentenced

8th January 2013. See article from

A mother who murdered her son for failing to learn passages of the Koran by heart was jailed for life yesterday.

Sara Ege, 33, beat seven-year-old Yaseen to death and then burned his body in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

She sobbed and collapsed in the dock as she was told she will spend a minimum of 17 years in prison for the killing.

Diminished Responsibility...Woman kills her baby by stuffing pages of the bible into her mouth
Link Here 11th October 2012

nhs logoA six-week-old baby was killed by her bipolar mother after she stuffed pages from the Bible into the infant's mouth, while supposedly in the care of bungling NHS staff.

Christian fundamentalist Julia Lovemore killed her daughter Faith by stuffing her mouth with paper then dousing her in white spirit and jumping up and down on her body.

Two health workers had visited the home in Milton, near Cambridge, earlier the same day and found her husband David in the grips of a psychotic episode, but had failed to act.The computer games designer had been frantically praying on the living room floor, shouting for the devil to be taken out of his wife.

The health workers even heard his wife call from downstairs, but left without seeing her to arrange a formal assessment of the family.

Tragically, an hour later, Mr Lovemore carried his lifeless baby into Milton Health surgery, along with their first child, who was critically ill after being doused in white spirit.

Julia Lovemore admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Update: Brutal Beliefs...Woman brutally beaten by a cane in the name of exorcism
Link Here 24th September 2012  full story: Exorcism...Kill or Cure: Possessed by Nonsense

Ragged Union JackA woman was beaten with a walking stick during a brutal exorcism organised by members of her own family, a court heard.

Asma Hussain was tied to a bed and covered with holy water after relations became convinced she was possessed by a demon, it is alleged.

Her husband Ahmed summoned the local Muslim preacher to carry out the ceremony and encouraged him to hit his wife harder, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.

Mrs Hussain's back was described as one massive bruise after the cruel and unwarranted attack, in which she also suffered injuries to her face and hands, jurors heard.

Ahmed Hussain, his son Mohammed Kayes Hussain, daughter Salma, daughter-in-law Halima Khatun, and son-in-law Mohammed Aziz, are on trial accused of false imprisonment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Babatunde Alabi said:

It appears that members of Asma Hussain's family believed that she was possessed by demons.

As a result of this belief, it is alleged that they kept her captive in her own home, tying her to a bed in the living room. They also arranged for an imam to carry out an exorcism on her.

During the course of the exorcism, she was held down, had water poured all over her and was beaten with a cane.

Update: Jailed

30th September 2012. See  article from

A man and three members of his family were jailed after being convicted of murdering his pregnant wife claiming she was possessed by evil spirits.

One of the four smothered 21-year-old Nalia Mumtaz while the others held her down, apparently in an attempt to drive out the jinn spirit from her body. The murder of the isolated young woman was said to have been instigated by Mumtaz's parents.

The killers included her husband, Mohammed Tauseef Mumtaz, his parents, Zia Ul-Haq and Salma Aslam, and his brother in law Hammad Hassan.

Mr Justice Keith handed them mandatory life terms. He said that, while the murder conviction left no room for doubt about what had happened at the family home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, the prosecution had been unable to say for sure what the motives behind the killing had been.

Ul-Haq and Aslam, who the judge said were more likely to have instigated what was done to Naila , were sentenced to a minimum term of 15 years each. Mumtaz and Hassan were each sentenced to a minimum of 14 years.

Offsite Article: The British child brides...
Link Here 17th September 2012
Muslim mosque leaders agree to marry girl of 12... so long as parents don't tell anyone

See article from

Update: Muslim Preacher Convicted of Assault...He tried to strangle his daughter, for refusing an arranged marriage
Link Here 9th August 2012  full story: Honour Crime...International honour killings and family crime

HM Courts ServiceA Muslim preacher who tried to strangle his 16-year old daughter after she refused to enter into an arranged marriage with her cousin has avoided jail.

Abid Hussain grabbed the neck of Rabiyah Abid and said: If you don't follow my rules I will kill you after she rejected his plans for her to wed.

Hussain also left the teenager in fear of her life as he battered her about the head at the family home above the mosque he runs at Longsight, Manchester.

The father-of-five had snapped after discovering Rabiyah had embarked on a romance with a student she had met on Facebook. She had previously run away from home to be with him and even helped police draw up a court order banning her father from forcing her into the marriage.

Hussain's two sons Nawab Uddin, 23, and Bahaud Uddin, 21 were also convicted of assaulting the teen.

Abid Hussain received a suspended sentence of nine months suspended for 12 months, with 100 hours unpaid work.

Nawab Uddin received a suspended sentence of three months suspended for 12 months, with 100 hours unpaid work and a supervision order for 12 months.

Bahaud Uddin received three months suspended for 12 months, with 200 hours unpaid work.

Update: Warped Family Honour...Family kidnaps and drugs daughter for refusing arranged marriage
Link Here 7th August 2012  full story: Honour Crime...International honour killings and family crime

Ragged Union JackA devout Muslim grandmother has been jailed for four years for kidnapping and drugging her own daughter after she refused to marry the man her family wanted her to.

Mother-of-eight Shamim Akhtar was jailed with her son Shamrez Khan and her son-in-law Zahid Mahmood for abusing Naila Afsar, then 23, out of some misplaced sense of warped family honour .

Khanwas given a five-year sentence and Mahmood was jailed for four years at Burnley Crown Court.

Sentencing Akhtar, Judge Simon Newell told her: She's your youngest daughter and your role was to care for her, support her and look after her best interests.

Instead you chose to control, drug and abuse her in the interests of the family reputation.

Akhtar, of Bradford, was found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and two counts of administering a drug after a four-week trial at Preston Crown Court earlier this year.

Update: Child Murderers...UK Parents jailed for murder of daughter who refused an arranged marriage
Link Here 4th August 2012  full story: Honour Crime...International honour killings and family crime

Ragged Union JackThe parents of Shafilea Ahmed, the A-Level student whose body was found on a river bank in 2004, have been found guilty of her murder.

Iftikar and Farzana Ahmed, strict Muslims who are first cousins from the same village in Pakistan, were jailed for life after being found guilty of the 2003 honour killing of their determined and ambitious daughter Shafilea. They were told they would serve at least 25 years.

They suffocated the 17 year-old in front of their four other children at their home in Warrington, Cheshire after she rejected a forced marriage in Pakistan.

The couple escaped justice for almost nine years, accusing officers of victimisation and stereotyping for suspecting them after her body was found months later in a river in Cumbria.

Detectives made a breakthrough in 2010, when Shafilea's younger sister admitted having seen her mother and father kill their daughter.

Manchester Imam is on trial for threatening to kill his daughter...
Link Here 30th June 2012

Ragged Union JackA manchester Imam has gone on trial accused of threatening to kill his daughter after she refused an arranged marriage.

Abid Hussain is alleged to have attacked the 16-year-old girl after she rejected his plans for her to marry her first cousin. Rabiyah Abid, was in a romance with a student she had met in Facebook -- and had previously run away from home to be with him.

Hussain is alleged to have grabbed her by the throat and said, follow my rules or I'll kill you , before hitting her on the head at the family home above the mosque he runs at Northmoor Road, Longsight, Manchester.

Hussain, who denies assault, is on trial alongside two of his sons, Nawab Uddin, 23, and Bahaud Uddin, 21. The two young men are alleged to have robbed their sister of the mobile phone she used to contact the boyfriend they disapproved of and to have beaten her until she was dizzy. They deny assault and robbery.

Woman jailed after beating 10 year old girl with a ladle for not reading enough of the Koran...
Link Here 19th June 2012

Ragged Union JackA Muslim woman who repeatedly beat a ten-year-old girl with a steel ladle for not reading enough verses of the Koran has been jailed.

Asia Parveen left the child with 57 injuries. The girl managed to escape and was found alone at a bus stop in the early hours of the morning.

Parveen accused the girl of lying about how many verses of the Koran she had read while praying. She then hit the girl with the ten- inch ladle for 45 minutes and forced her to stand with her arms outstretched for four hours.

Update: Little More than Slavery...Forced marriage to become a criminal offence in the UK
Link Here 13th June 2012  full story: Forced Marriage in the UK...Co-erced into Co-habitation

David Cameron Forced marriage is set to become a criminal offence in the UK, David Cameron has confirmed. The PM says that a package of measures will be put in place to ensure criminalisation does not drive the problem underground. David Cameron said:

Forced marriage is abhorrent and little more than slavery. To force anyone into marriage against their will is simply wrong and that is why we have taken decisive action to make it illegal.

Forcing someone to marry is to become a criminal offence in England and Wales, leaving parents who coerce their children into a marriage facing the prospect of prison, David Cameron has confirmed.

The prime minister said he had listened to concerns that making forced marriage a specific criminal offence could deter victims from coming forward and would in response put into place a comprehensive package of protection and support to ensure "this most distressing issue" was not driven underground.

The announcement by the prime minister and the home secretary, Theresa May, of their intention to introduce legislation is light on detail but it is expected that the existing civil remedy of forced marriage protection orders will continue to exist alongside the new criminal offence.

This is designed to give victims the choice of taking the civil route or making a complaint to the police leading to a possible criminal prosecution. Victims will also be guaranteed that they will not be forced to support a prosecution against their wishes. However, ministers have ruled out giving victims a veto over whether a prosecution already begun should continue, which would have been a radical departure from existing English criminal law practice in which all prosecutions are carried out in the name of the crown.

The precise timetable to create the offence is unclear but it is expected that any legislation would be published in draft form for consultation and is unlikely to be put before parliament before 2013.

A tragedy where the authorities were reluctant to step in...
Link Here 3rd June 2012

Ragged Union JackA white teenage mother was brutally murdered by her Asian boyfriend for bringing shame on his family after the authorities missed numerous opportunities to shield her from harm, a review has found.

Laura Wilson, 17, who has been described as Britain's first known white honour killing victim, was killed by Ashtiaq Asghar after she told his relatives about their affair.

She may have been subjected to sexual grooming by British Pakistani men from her early teens, and when she was 16 became pregnant by Asghar's friend, Ishaq Hussain.

Miss Wilson was almost invisible to some support services and there were numerous missed opportunities to protect her and her four-month-old daughter, a serious case review concluded.

The report highlighted areas of considerable concern but found her murder could not have been prevented by the agencies involved.

Asghar was told he would serve at least 17-and-a-half years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to murdering Miss Wilson in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in October 2010.

The report said the authorities appeared to lack knowledge about sexual grooming and its perpetrators.

It concluded: Few services actually saw, observed and heard (Miss Wilson) as the highly vulnerable child she was and whom society had a responsibility to protect.

Professor Pat Cantrill, the review's author, condemned the reluctance of the authorities involved to step in to protect the teenager.

There was a consistently high threshold before concern triggered action, and my view is that the attitude of the professional culture was, overall, too tolerant, she said.

Pakistani man makes daughter-in-law sex slave in UK...
Link Here 22nd May 2012
HM Courts ServiceA UK court handed down a seven-year jail term to a 56-year-old man for imprisoning his son's Pakistani bride and keeping her as a sex slave.

According to a report published in Daily Mail, the accused stripped the bride of her jewellery and passport after she came to Britain following an arranged marriage

The report states that he made her swear on the Koran that she would keep the abuse a secret and promised to heap shame on her by forcing her to divorce his son if she refused his demands for sex.

The accused subjected the 22-year-old to repeated and sustained sexual abuse, scratching her arm with a screwdriver and burning her with an iron to reinforce his authority over her. He molested her when his wife was out, after locking the house doors, the report said.


21st April

Woman let her newborn baby die out of fear of family consequences...

Link Here

HM Courts ServiceA mother who gave birth to a baby girl in secret following an affair, let her newborn die before burying its body in the ground.

Fatima Ali, from Bury feared she would bring shame upon her Muslim family for having the child out of wedlock. [Or perhaps she feared the possibility of violence].

At Bolton Crown Court Ali was given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and subjected to a twelve month supervision order. Sentencing, Judge John Appleby said, You failed to seek medical assistance following the birth of your daughter. The tragedy that followed is at the immense disaster for this child. She died within two hours of her birth, and, had you acted appropriately, her life could have been saved. This is a tragedy and the result of your actions will be with you for the rest of your life.

Her family had disapproved of her relationship with Kazi Mohammed Dilwar Hussein and, when she had fallen pregnant, her partner gave her money to have an abortion in Birmingham in 2009.

Nazir Afzal, Greater Manchester Chief Crown Prosecutor said: Whatever the community or familial dishonour or shame, real or perceived, that Ali may have felt, it did not justify the tragic death of the most vulnerable victim, a new born baby boy or girl.

The court also heard how Fatima's entire family had since been ostracised by community members, not only for what she has done, but also because of the relationship she had out of wedlock.


22nd April

Court takes action to protect children from the nonsense beliefs of their parents...

Link Here

OregonSix Oregon siblings became wards of the state as their parents await trial in connection with the death of their teenage son, who died in December after the couple allegedly chose prayer over medical care for his undisclosed treatable ailment.

Brandi and Russel Bellew face second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of 16-year-old Austin Sprout. But they may continue to care for their remaining children under a state-supervised in-home safety plan.

Terms of that plan include the presence of a state-approved safety provider, immediate notification of the state Department of Human Services if any of the children has medical symptoms, illness or injury and calling 911 if any medical emergency arises.

The family attends the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born in Pleasant Hill, which generally believes in using prayer instead of medical care to treat illnesses. The safety monitor, Del McCracken, is a fellow church member, but believes in seeking medical care and advocates for the children to have medical care, the plan states.