Writes Natalie Valios
At least 12 so-called honour killings are carried out in England each year and 117 murders are currently being reviewed by the Metropolitan Police to see whether they are linked to honour killings, senior Met Police officers said yesterday.
Detective Chief Inspector Gerry Campbell from the Metropolitan Police’s violent crime directorate, said honour-based violence was at the “top table” of criminality and included murder, rape, abduction and imprisonment.
Detective Constable Yvonne Rhoden, also from the violent crime directorate, said that female genital mutilation was another form of honour-based violence.
“66,000 women and girls are at risk of or have been victims of female genital mutilation. Even though we have had legislation in this country for 20 years, there hasn’t been one criminal case that has gone to court,” she told CC LIVE.
Honour-based violence must be included in other procedures including those for domestic violence, child protection, sexual assault and missing persons, Campbell said.