UK Religious Leaders to Hold Conference on Honor Killings

September 4, 2006

Source: BBC News

On September 4, 2006 BBC News reported, "Of 500 Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims questioned, a 10th said they would condone the murder of someone who disrespected their family's honour. Figures show 13 people die every year in honour killings, but police and support groups believe it is many more. Religious leaders said they would hold a national conference on the issue. Honour killing is a brutal reaction within a family - predominantly Asian and Middle Eastern - to someone perceived to have brought 'shame' upon relatives. What constitutes dishonour can range from wearing clothes thought unsuitable or choosing a career which the family disapprove of, to marrying outside of the wider community. The Metropolitan Police are investigating 200 deaths linked to honour killings... Liza Booth, from Asian Network, said clerics from all the faiths would hold the gathering later in the year to discuss how to make honour killings a thing of the past."