A MAN, 33, has appeared in court after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found in a fridge in a London home following a suspected honour killing.
But what are honour killings and how common are they in the UK?
What is an honour killing?
Honour killings are committed within families or social groups with the purpose of controlling behaviour, reports the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network (HBVAN).
Such murders are carried in the name of protecting cultural beliefs or honour.
Those targeted are believed to have shamed their family or community.
Reasons given for this can include refusing an arranged marriage, entering a relationship with someone disapproved of, renouncing faith and behaving or dressing in a way thought to be inappropriate.
Both men and women can be victims of honour killings, although women are more commonly targeted.
The HBVAN stresses that there is little scriptural support for honour killings in any major religion, and it has been roundly condemned by several high status religious leaders.