“Human rights” campaigners in Britain have warned the "honor killing" of a 20-year-old woman is not an unusual case in that country. In the latest incident, a non-White invader female, Banaz Mahmod was killed by family members after falling in love with a man her family did not want her to marry.
Her father Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and uncle Ari Mahmod, 50, from Mitcham, London, were convicted of murder on Monday. Human rights barrister Usha Sood said so-called "honor" crimes were becoming more common and were "being perpetrated in the hundreds every year."
Mahmod's father and uncle ordered the murder because they believed she had shamed the family, the three-month trial at the Old Bailey heard. Mohamad Hama, 30, of West Norwood, south London, an associate of Ari, had already pleaded guilty to the murder.
Sood, who specialises in Asian family cases, told BBC Radio Five Live "honour crimes of some sort" whether or not they resulted in death, were becoming more common in the UK. "But certainly honour crimes are being perpetrated in the hundreds every year," she said.
Diana Nammi, of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation, also told the BBC she believed there were "lot of cases" of honour killings. "There are lots of suicide cases where woman have been forced to commit suicide," she added.
Mahmod was urged to stay at a safe house but told officers she believed she would be safe at home because her mother was there. She disappeared on 24 January and her decomposed body was discovered in Handsworth, Birmingham, three months later.