The number is grossly unreported. There are tens of thousands .............. and the West turns a blind eye. Islamic practices must be utterly shunned, denounced and eradicated from our societies. No taquiya, no sharia, no Islam in the houses of government
A question of honour: Police say 17,000 women are victims every year The Independent hat tip Liam
Ministers are stepping up the fight against so-called 'honour' crime and forced marriages. Detectives say official statistics are 'merely the tip of the iceberg' of this phenomenon. Brian Brady investigates
Up to 17,000 women in Britain are being subjected to "honour" related violence, including murder, every year, according to police chiefs.
And official figures on forced marriages are the tip of the iceberg, says the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
It warns that the number of girls falling victim to forced marriages, kidnappings, sexual assaults, beatings and even murder by relatives intent on upholding the "honour" of their family is up to 35 times higher than official figures suggest.
The crisis, with children as young as 11 having been sent abroad to be married, has prompted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to call on British consular staff in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to take more action to identify and help British citizens believed to be the victims of forced marriages in recent years.
The Home Office is drawing up an action plan to tackle honour-based violence which "aims to improve the response of police and other agencies" and "ensure that victims are encouraged to come forward with the knowledge that they will receive the help and support they need". And a Civil Protection Bill coming into effect later this year will give courts greater guidance on dealing with forced marriages.
OT but related: Birth defects high in inbred Muslim communities
MPs are claiming that arranged marriages between cousins in some immigrant [Muslim - Atlas] communities are causing an increase in birth-defects.
Concerns over recessive disordersPhil Woolas suggests the culture of first-cousin marriages is now the 'elephant in the room' and it needs to be discussed.
The MP for ethnically-diverse Oldham East and Saddleworth says his claim mainly involves families of coming from rural Pakistan.