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22 reports of honour-based violence and forced marriage cases in Bournemouth and Poole last year

HONOUR-BASED violence and forced marriage cases were reported 22 times in Bournemouth & Poole last year, Dorset Police have confirmed.

This information has been released to coincide with a conference taking place at Salterns Hotel, Poole, on Thursday, marking International Women’s Day. Among those set to speak at the conference, organised by Safer Poole Partnership to highlight the spectre of honour-based violence and forced marriage, is Jasvinder Sanghera – founder of national charity Karma Nirvana – and the Metropolitan Police’s Detective Inspector Clive Driscoll.

Detective Inspector Driscoll led the inquiry into the honour killing of Surjit Athwal, which took place in India in 1998. To date, those responsible for committing the actual killing have evaded justice – although Surjit’s husband and mother-in-law were jailed in 2007 for ordering the murder. This was the first UK conviction for an honour killing where no body was ever recovered.

Dorset Police’s serious crimes manager Detective Chief Inspector Jez Noyce, and the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wessex, John Montague, will also speak at the conference.

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