Britain holds memorial day for ‘honour killing’ victims
Britain will hold a memorial day on Saturday to remember the victims of so-called honour killings.
Honour-based violence is done to punish those – usually girls and women – deemed to have brought shame on their family or community by not conforming to traditional expectations.
Infringements may include having a boyfriend, rejecting a forced marriage, interfaith relationships, seeking a divorce and behaving or dressing in a way that is considered inappropriate.
Here are some facts on honour killings and honour based violence (HBV).
– The Day of Memory is held on the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 when she was 17 after suffering years of abuse for becoming “too Westernised”.