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Dane guilty of genital mutilation

A Danish woman has been convicted of having two of her daughters genitally mutilated in Denmark's first such case to come before a court.

Court rules murder to protect woman's honour "no crime" in rape cases

Legal experts and members of the Civil Society have cautiously appreciated a Lahore High Court (LHC) ruling declaring murder to protect a woman’s honour as ‘no crime’.

Murder charges framed against father, uncle

PANCHKULA: After the 'record trial' in an honour killing case grabbed headlines,it was the local court's turn to frame murder and kidnapping charges against the father and maternal uncle of another such hapless victim, Sheenu.

Victim's family sues suspect in honor killing

STOCKTON - A man who awaits a murder trial on charges he gunned down his daughter's former lover now faces a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court seeking $15 million on grounds he caused the man's family emotional suffering.

Gurparkash Khalsa, 56, remains in jail charged with killing Ajmer Hothi, 23, on March 27, 2007.

Hothi's mother found him shot to death in his big rig parked at a lot east of Stockton. Prosecutors say Khalsa committed the crime to restore his daughter's honor.

Update on Sandeela Kanwal Case

Police in Atlanta have been investigating the death of a 25-year-old Pakistani woman, who was allegedly murdered by her father in the name of family honor.

Crimes against women to be curbed

KARACHI, Jan 18 (APP): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ms. Sherry Rehman, has said that the culprits involved in acid-throwing on Ms. Maria Shah, a young woman from Shikarpur, would be brought to justice and would not be allowed to go unpunished. She was talking to media after visiting the Burns Centre of the Civil Hospital Karachi on Sunday.

The Minister inquired about the health of Ms. Maria Shah, a lady health worker, who is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the Burns Centre and struggling for her life.

Shift in 'honour' killings

When certain practices are rampant in a society, it requires a paradigm shift in public thinking to get them outlawed.

Pakistan Taliban bans school for girls

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Tens of thousands of students in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern Swat valley are facing a year without classes after the local Taliban banned girls from schools, officials said

Pakistan: 96 children victims of honour killings last year

As many as 6,780 children were victimized in Pakistan in 2008, including 4,251 boys and 2,529 girls, Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) President Zia Awan said on Friday.

Kobra N. Saved from Stoning after 13 Years

Women's Field: Kobra N.'s stoning sentence has been converted into one hundred lashes, according to a new verdict by the Head of Iranian Judiciary.

AFGHANISTAN: Butchered in the name of honour

KABUL, 8 January 2009 (IRIN) - Maryam, 14, was raped by a man in the Yakawlang District of Bamyan Province, central Afghanistan, five months ago. Her mother and brother used razor blades to cut the girl open, take out the foetus, and bury it alive to hide the disgrace, according to Habiba Surabi, the governor of Bamyan.

Maryam had initially concealed the rape, fearing this could devastate her family and possibly end her own life. But five months later, when it became clear that she was carrying a baby, her family decided to “remedy” the problem.

Men’s violence on wives proof of skewed masculinity

If it were between countries, we would call it a war. If it were a disease, we would call it an epidemic. If it were an oil spill, we would call it a disaster. But it is happening to women, and it is just an everyday affair. It is domestic violence. (Silverman and Mukherjee)

The media is awash with stories of wife killings. In several cases, the husbands’ violence was triggered by suspicion that the woman was engaging in adultery.

Mushanga’s 1988 study on criminal violence revealed that adultery is frequently a major factor in homicide and aggravated assault in Uganda.

Mafia still think they 'own' women

(ANSA) - Rome, January 9 - Many Italian mobsters still think they own their women and believe they should get away with murder if they are jilted, Italy's highest court said Friday.

Court rejects mob boss's crime of passion

ROME, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The highest court in Italy has rejected a mob boss's claim that killing his girlfriend's new love was a crime of passion, imposing a life sentence.

Stoning Continues in Iran: At least 10 More People are at Risk of Death by Stoning

Press Release of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign: Stoning Continues in Iran: At least 10 More People are at Risk of Death by Stoning
Date: 2009/01/10

Bangladesh: Acid Attacks Continue Despite New Laws

6/01/2009: Acid attacks against women and girls are continuing despite legal campaigns to halt their spread. (IRIN via WUNRN)

Honor Killings Continue in Iraq

Tuesday, 6 January 2009, 11:24 am

by Bhumika Ghimire

Violence against women in Balochistan increased in 2008

NGO says 115 of 600 cases were of ‘honour’ killing

Dialogue participant says nationalist and communal sentiments, colonial mindset confront those protesting against violence

Senate body slams slow progress in honour killing probe

Human rights committee urges police to bring those responsible for ‘burying women alive’ to justice

By Muhammad Bilal

Help for victims of 'honour violence' in South Tyneside

31 December 2008

By Lisa Nightingale
Crime reporter

SOUTH Tyneside has its first worker to help victims of forced marriage and so called 'honour' violence.

Two Executed by Stoning, as a Third Escapes

Judiciary Claimed Practice Had Been Stopped

From: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

2008 saw 179 honour killings

Thursday, January 01, 2009
Faisal Kamal Pasha


As many as 179 persons were killed in 141 incidents of honour killing throughout the country in year 2008.

Female Genital Cutting in Kurdistan

For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual

The Widespread Practice of Female Circumcision in Iraq's North Highlights The Plight of Women in a Region Often Seen as More Socially Progressive