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'Honour Code' Supported by Young Asians, Poll Says

Two-thirds of young British Asians agree that families should live according to the concept of "honour", a poll for BBC Panorama suggests.

Of 500 young Asians questioned, 18% also felt that certain behaviour by women that could affect her family's honour justified physical punishment.

These included disobeying their father, and wanting to leave an exisiting or prearranged marriage.

The results come as women's groups call for action to stop "honour" crimes.

The poll, conducted for the BBC by ComRes, interviewed young Asians living in Britain between the ages of 16 and 34.

Asked if they agreed that families should live according to "honour", 69% agreed, a figure that rose to 75% among young men, compared with 63% of young women.
Root cause

They were also asked if they felt there was ever a justification for so-called "honour killings". Only 3% said that it could be justified.

However, when divided by sex, 6% of young Asian men said that honour killings could be justified, compared with just 1% of Asian women surveyed.

Experts interviewed by the programme argue that the root cause of "honour" crime lies in forced marriage.

Jasvinder Sanghera, a campaigner on behalf of Asian women, fled her parents' home after they attempted to force her into an arranged marriage when she was just 14.

She said it was time for Britain's Asian community leaders to speak out about the honour code, also known as "Izzat" in Urdu.

"I've yet to see community leaders, religious leaders, politicians, Asian councillors give real leadership on this. They don't because they know it makes them unpopular."

Ms Sanghera said the reluctance of community figures to speak out was "extremely irresponsible, it's morally wrong and it's morally blind".

A survey of police forces by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO) found there were 2,823 incidences of honour crimes a year, or almost eight a day. But those figures are considered a vast underestimate given that 13 of 52 police forces did not respond to the charity's request for a breakdown in November 2011.

Nazir Afzal of the Crown Prosecution Service said the degree of honour crime in Britain - including murders meant to preserve a family's "honour" within their own community - was unknown.

"We don't know the true figure of honour killings. It's anything between 10 and 12 a year in this country. I don't know how many other unmarked graves there are in this country in our green and pleasant land."

Mr Afzal estimates that there are 10,000 forced marriages in Britain every year, and said a measure of multicultural sensitivity was likely part of the problem.

"Forced marriage is the earthquake and what's followed is a tsunami of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, child protection issues, suicide and murder.

"If we can tackle forced marriage then we can prevent all these other things from happening."



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17319136


Added: Mar-18-2012 Occurred On: Mar-18-2012
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  • Why don't they say Muslims instead of "Asians",obviously that's what their talking about.

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  • When I think of asians I don't think of Fucking muslims.

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  • Of course, their families will kill them if they say otherwise.

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    • @dmorgan0628 Koreans and Japanese are Oriental,most Russians are European and hindu is a religion.

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    • @dmorgan0628 In the UK when one says 'Asians' it's generally implied to mean brown skinned people, and not really Japanese or Koreans etc. Having said that, it is vague, but i suppose the BBC considers it politically correct not to be specific to a race or religion, and whatever the case, i'm not in the business of changing what's written here from what's written at the source, even if it is full of political correct terminology.

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    • @MoonBug wrooooong, people arent oriental; rugs, food, goods are.

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    • @bluedoggg I've just looked it up and in America it is an offensive term,whereas in Europe it isn't.

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  • What is this, The National Enquirer? We just recognized the Trunami for my Japanese employees. That was far from a celebration. They're all fucked up. It's costing me a few dollars because they're all damaged but one thing is clear, none of them are talking about "honour" stuff.

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  • UK get with the times and stop trying to redefine middle eastern men

    they are NOT ASIANS

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    • @peterjames2009 Can't you read? It talks about it being called izzat in Urdu. Urdu is spoken in Pakistan. Pakistan is a country in Asia, along with India.

      If you're still confused:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Asian

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  • ALL OF US IN THE WESTERN WORLD ARE AT FAULT FOR NOT FORCING THESE "ASIANS" TO ASSIMILATE AND LIVE BY THE RULE OF LAW, RATHER THAN TRIBAL OR RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS. IF THEY REFUSE TO ASSIMILATE, SEND THEM ALL BACK TO THE INFESTED CESSPOOLS THEY SNEAKED OUT OF.

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  • "Forced marriage is the earthquake and what's followed is a tsunami of domestic abuse"

    My heart bleeds not.

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