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Northern Ireland police investigate 11 honour crimes in a year

By John Mulgrew

Eleven so-called honour crimes were reported to police in Northern Ireland last year, according to latest statistics.

There were almost 3,000 honour-related crimes recorded in the UK in 2010 with the highest number recorded in London with almost 500 offences reported.

According to the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), the perpetrators of the crimes tend to be close family members of their victims, who are normally women.

They are typically any act of violence which is planned and carried out by a family or community in order to defend their perceived “honour”.

According to the group, that can be anything from refusing an arranged marriage or having a relationship of which the family do not approve of.

Diana Nammi, of the IKWRO, said the figures highlighted the scale of the issue.

She said: “These figures are just the tip of the iceberg — the severity of the abuse women and girls are suffering, even before they contact the police, is appalling.”

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