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Two men charged over suspected ‘honour killing’ of teenager whose body was found in London fridge

Two men have been charged in connection with the suspected “honour killing” of a teenager whose body was found in a fridge.

The Metropolitan Police said a 33-year-old man has been charged with the murder, rape and kidnap of the 19-year-old woman.

He is further charged with the rape, attempted murder and with the kidnap of a second victim, a woman aged in her 20s.

A second man, aged 28, has been charged with the kidnap of both the 19-year-old woman and the woman aged in her 20s.

The body of the teenager was found inside a fridge at a house in Kingston three hours after she was reported missing along with the older woman last Wednesday.

Police said the women may have been forced to go to the address by a man they both knew before being subjected to a “violent attack”.

Teenager’s body found in fridge in suspected London honour killing

Detectives are investigating the murder of a young woman in a possible so-called honour killing.

The body of the woman, who was believed to be 19, was found at a house in Kingston, London, just three hours after she was reported missing along with another woman, who is believed to be in her twenties.

Police said the pair may have been forced to go to the address by a man they both knew before being subjected to a “violent attack”

The older woman managed to escape to get help and was admitted to a south London hospital with stab and slash wounds on Wednesday evening before police went to the house in Coombe Lane West.

Referring to reports the victim had been found “cut up in a fridge”, the Metropolitan Police insisted the dead woman was discovered “intact” at around 8pm.

Asked if police were looking into whether the murder was being treated as a so-called honour killing, the Met said detectives are keeping an “open mind”.

National Day of Remembrance for Honour Killing – 14th July 2017

The Halo Project Charity remembers all those who lost their lives in the nam of honour. Working in partnership with the PCC Cleveland, survivors, staff and volunteers help release balloons in memory of those who were brutally murdered.

Quote from Yasmin Khan – Director Halo Project

“A day to remember those murdered in the name of honour is bestowed upon us this Friday 14th July 2017 . Shafilea Ahmed’s birthdate is now a reminder for us all to raise the awareness of honour based abuse and recognise women whose lives are tragically ended at the hands of those who they called their family. We must work together and encourage victims to come forward and take necessary action against perpetrators.  Let us remember today,  those who lost their lives in the name of honour, let us not forget our duty to protect”.

#breakthesilence @halo_project #WeRemember

Wife accused of poisoning her husband and leaving him wheelchair-bound by putting arsenic in his food because he shamed the family by having an affair is cleared after he claimed he did it to himself

A wife suspected of poisoning her cheating husband in an attempted ‘honour killing’ walked free from court with her smiling wheelchair-bound partner after he claimed he did it himself.

Mussarat Khan, 55, was accused of slipping arsenic into the food or drink of 50 year-old Tariq Khan for shaming the family by having an affair.

Mr Khan spent several weeks in a medically induced coma after being rushed to hospital with multiple organ failure and is now left with limited use of arms and legs.

Police charged the wife with attempted murder after a bottle of poison was found in the kitchen cupboard of the family home in Manor Park, east London.

Jilted boyfriend gang-rapes ex-girlfriend with six other men then drives a car over her head to stop her being identified before leaving her for dogs to eat in India

A jilted boyfriend gang-raped his ex-girlfriend with six other men then drove a car over her head to stop her being identified in India.

The mutilated body of the 23-year-old woman was found being torn apart by dogs after she was abducted from Sonipat and driven to the city of Rohtak in the country’s north.

There she was raped and tortured with sharp-edged objects before having her skull smashed with bricks when she threatened to tell police.

Her attackers then crushed her with a car in a bid to conceal her identity, according to local reports.

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Murder, FGM and elder abuse on agenda at domestic abuse conference in Stockton

THE DEVASTATING impact and scale of domestic abuse in the North-East was discussed at a conference on Thursday.

Experts from agencies and charities across the Tees Valley gathered in Stockton to explore the complex nature of abuse and share strategies and methods of tackling the issue.

Murder, sexual abuse, coercive control, elder abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation were among the subjects on the agenda of the Domestic Abuse Conference, staged at Preston Park.

The event, hosted by the Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board, saw a number of people take to the floor to highlight areas of concern in the North-East.

Participants were also invited to watch a powerful performance of Rattlesnake, a production from award-winning company Open Clasp that has been used to train more than 300 police officers in matters related to coercive control.

Ann Baxter, independent chair of TSAB, said the event had been organised in a bid to increase the reporting of domestic abuse, particularly within marginalised and minority groups.

Ms Baxter said: “It is also important that we collectively improve prevention and early intervention strategies within domestic abuse and adult safeguarding and I am sure that this conference can help to shape local practice in achieving this.”

Speakers at the event included Richinda Taylor of Redcar-based EVA Women’s Aid, who has been instrumental in setting up the country’s only refuge for over-45s, and the Halo Project’s Yasmin Khan, who addressed issues relating to forced marriages and female genital mutilation.

We Cannot Be Silent On ‘Honour-Based’ Violence

Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani has brought forward a motion that certain crimes against women should no longer be described in relation to ‘honour’. Her rationale sounds reasonable – that describing these crimes differently has meant that police have been treating them as less serious; that they have been avoiding dealing with these crimes due to a misplaced sense of ‘respect’ for other cultures. However, her proposal could not be more damaging to women at risk of violence.

‘Honour’-based violence is a form of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a broad category. It refers to a husband abusing a wife, but it can also refer a child abusing a parent, amongst many other patterns of perpetration that may occur within a household. ‘Honour’-based violence is not simply the same thing as domestic violence, as Ghani states – rather it is one of the many subtypes within that category. Just as spousal abuse may require a different approach from child abuse, ‘honour’-based violence requires different policing approaches than other forms of domestic violence to provide the best protection for victims, and, in the case of an ‘honour’ killing, to ensure the prosecution of all offenders who may have played their role in a conspiracy to kill.

Forced marriage and honour based crimes tackled in hard-hitting videos

We have launched a series of powerful short videos covering a range of harms that are too often hidden behind closed doors. The videos will be shown for the first time at an event in front of students at South and City College, Small Heath, Birmingham to coincide with International Women’s Day.

The videos shed a light on the impact of hidden harms such as honour-based abuse and forced marriage by telling and recreating personal and harrowing stories of some of those affected by these crimes.

Forced marriage and honour-based abuse are believed to be particularly under-reported with victims often too fearful of family or community reactions to come forward.

We’re hoping this campaign will help highlight forced marriage and honour based abuse and make the public aware of the issue and encourage more people to speak out.

Women of Influence Yasmin Khan

Equality and diversity is the key for pioneering founder of honour based violence project

by Alison Bellamy

Meet Yasmin Khan, who is the pioneering founder of a forced marriage and honour based violence charity the Halo Project.

Yasmin has worked with communities and particularly women, in addressing inequalities in the fields of employment, education and training.

Establishing a strategic community partnership to provide support for forced marriage and honour based violence victims in the North East of England, has resulted in developing the first Forced Marriage/HBV case scrutiny group in the UK.

Tell us about the Halo Project?

It provides services to women and girls who have suffered horrific and abusive pasts they continue to change attitudes within the community and influence the way services are delivered to the most vulnerable in society.

Do you ever feel frustrated about the justice system and the law in relation to so called ‘honour killings’?

 At times, I am deeply frustrated at the lack of prosecutions of forced marriages and FGM, but this demonstrates the deep rooted challenges that exist within communities and the attitudes towards perpetrators.