Tuesday 26 June 2007

Extremist groups linked to 'honour' killings

There are links between some cases of 'honour' killing in Britain and extreme Islamist groups, according to a BBC investigation. No great surprise there. What's worrying is that such crimes can't be dismissed as the last vestiges of a dying 'traditional' culture. Nazir Afzal, the Crown Prosecution Service's national lead on honour crime told the BBC that violence of this kind was not confined to father and grandfathers but was also carried out by younger relations:

'You have a second generation youth who have an exaggerated concept of what home is like,' he said. 'They get their identity and their ethnicity from these traditions. We know they are bizarre and outdated but they get their identity from those traditions and they feel very strongly that how you treat your women is a demonstration of your commitment to radicalism and extremist thought.'

I'm waiting for the first person to blame it all on British foreign policy.

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