Worldwide protests against honour killings have taken place
MP Nusrat Ghani will call for an end to the phrase being used in official UK documents – as well as for proper persecutions for those who carry out such executions, whether at home or abroad.
The Tory MP said the attacks, largely against Muslim women in revenge for perceived slights against husband or family, were not receiving proper attention due to “political correctness”.
She said it was time to call murder by its true name – as well as cracking down on non-fatal “honour beatings”, which should be taken as seriously as domestic abuse.
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The MP for Wealden said: “The term ‘honour’ disguises the horror of the violence that is inflicted.
“We have to make sure every victim is supported and no political correctness or assumptions are made about a victim’s background which means they cannot get equal support, respect and dignity when they come forward, and that they get the appropriate support.
Tory MP Nusrat Ghani and UKIP MEP Jane Collins are backing an end to the phrase 'honour killings'
“I have spoken to police officers who practice in the north of the country who said they have seen their fellow officers not deal with these cases as they would in other circumstances because the term brings in so much other baggage – that it just seems too complicated to deal with. But it is just domestic violence.”
It followed a campaign by a UKIP MEP last year which called for the BBC to stop using the phrase.
Party Home Affairs spokeswoman Jane Collins is now backing Ms Ghani’s proposals and called the phrase “a euphemism for a brutal murder based on cultural beliefs”.
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She said: “To use the term 'honour killing’ when describing the murder of a family member – overwhelmingly females – due to the perpetrator's belief that they have brought shame on a family normalises murder for cultural reasons and sets it apart from other killings when there should be no distinction.
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“Murder is murder, whether it be for cultural excuses or others. The term honour killing is a euphemism for a brutal murder based on cultural beliefs which have no place in Britain or anywhere else in the world.
"There is nothing honourable about killing someone for wanting to shape their own destiny.
The bill will call for the phrase "honour killings" not to be used in official government documents
“It is the opposite of honourable, it is weak, spineless, oppressive killing of women often ganged up on by whole family groups who seem to think they own her.
“If any MP thinks that there is anything honourable in the brutal torture and murder of predominantly women for cultural reasons then they need to look at their values and conscience."
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