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Monday, 21 December 2009
At least a dozen children feared to be victims of ?honour? killings
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From The London Evening Standard
Police are investigating about a dozen cases of missing children in Britain who they fear may be victims of “honour-based” violence, it emerged today.
Prosecutors say they are assisting in cases where children have been taken out of school without any explanation, and who have since disappeared.
Police are investigating about a dozen cases of missing children in Britain who they fear may be victims of “honour-based” violence, it emerged today.
Prosecutors say they are assisting in cases where children have been taken out of school without any explanation, and who have since disappeared.
The first comment is a writer from Dewsbury and he or she is right.
Anne Cryer, Labour MP for Keighley has for over two decades been trying to bring local and national attention to forced marriages. The tip of the iceberg is the few cases which are DISCOVERED to end in murder. She has tried to spearhead the anti Forced Marriage Act and has had to fight the fierce opposition from some communities in her constituency. They campaigned vigorously against her, always resorting to calling her a racist because she 'didn't understand' their traditions.
They even made it hard for her to have local schools put up posters telling girls to tell their friends and teachers if they suspected the Pakistani 'holiday' was in fact a marriage trip. Many girls in her area disappeared suddenly from schools. Even very young girls returned married. Some of those girls on arrival in Pakistan, tried to hold out and refuse marriage. They would be held prisoners, starved and be treated violently until they agreed. Rape by the prospective bridegroom was used as a weapon to obtain agreement.
More common than the murders are the everyday forced marriages but kidnap and violence doesn't have to be used against the majority. Parental anger at refusal to marry the fathers choice is enough to coerce most of these young girls, so too is the ultimate weapon of family exile.
Every perpetrator should be given maximum goal sentences. Even if girls aren't murdered, their lives are effectively destroyed when their fathers make loveless and violent choices for them.

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Posted on 12/21/2009 3:21 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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21 Dec 2009
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What He Doesn't Know About Outrageous Isn't Contagious
 
I wasn't aware that "cottage" is now a verb ala "cottaging."  Sadly, without an "outrageous accent," the following doesn't rhyme:  What I don't know about frottage isn't knowledge.
 
- H.H.


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Esmerelda Casts A Misspell
Or: "British" Wrong-Way Cardigans* of the Caliphate
Or: A Gaol-Oriented Religion?
Or: What I Don't Know About "Cottage" Isn't Knowledge**
Or: Esmeralda, Esmerelda - Wotevah
 
 
"Every perpetrator should be given maximum goal sentences."
 
Given that many young Muslims would probably become apostates if it were not for the threat of murder, it would be misleading, not to mention heartless, to quip that the murders or "disappearances" and virtual imprisonings cited in the article are examples of "own goals,"* but assuming that I'm not ignorant of yet another British idiom*** (a big assumption considering that they seem to be churned out by veritable "cottage** industries" which should not be confused with the Islamic belief that women should be regarded merely as objects for men's pleasure and as "infant industries"), shouldn't the sentence above read "maximum gaol sentences"?
 
(With respect to maximum sentence length, Hugh Fitzgerald still takes the World Cup)
 
 
Forlorn!  The very word is like a verloren hoop gaoled for being off-sides or a cathedral bell tolling a penalty shot 'gainst my northern dame [York or thereabouts?], my Esmerelda.
 
- Quasimodo
 
 
**  Hat to George Michael, Jowett and the master of this here "college," prof Fitzgerald
 
*** Or maybe it's an Aussie idiom ; )