Tory MP calls for the term ‘honour killing’ to be banned
by Sebastian Whale, Politics Home:
The term “honour killing” is preventing police from investigating domestic violence out of “political correctness”, a Conservative MP has said.
Nusrat Ghani is proposing a bill in Parliament calling for the phrase “honour killing” to be banned in official publications and for support given to women who are subject to domestic violence while abroad to be strengthened.
The backbencher said she had seen “too many women” not get the help they need, with officers often being wary of intervening in so-called honour cases for fear of offending the community.
“I have spoken to police officers who practice in the north of the country who said they have seen their fellow officers not deal with these cases, as they would in other circumstances, because the term brings in so much other baggage – that it just seems too complicated to deal with. But it is just domestic violence,” she said.
Ms Ghani argued the term honour “disguises the horror of the violence that is inflicted”, which can be used by the person carrying out the abuse “as an excuse to intimidate the prosecutor”.
She also argued that the continuing use of the phrase risks undermining recent steps to help tackle domestic abuse, such as the criminalisation of coercive control.
“We have to make sure every victim is supported, and no political correctness or assumptions are made about a victim’s background which means they cannot get equal support, respect and dignity when they come forward, and that they get the appropriate support,” she said.
“And also, that the authorities feel empowered to do something about it.”