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‘Honour crimes’ rising in UK

The number of women and girls in the UK suffering violence and intimidation at the hands of their families or communities is increasing rapidly, according to figures revealing the nationwide scale of “honour” abuse for the first time.

world Updated: Dec 04, 2011 00:30 IST

The number of women and girls in the UK suffering violence and intimidation at the hands of their families or communities is increasing rapidly, according to figures revealing the nationwide scale of “honour” abuse for the first time.

Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act about such violence - which can include threats, abduction, acid attacks, beatings, forced marriage, mutilation and murder - show that in the 12 police force areas for which comparable data was available, reports went up by 47% in just a year. gns