“Sentencing them at Preston Crown Court Sessions House, Recorder Julian Shaw told them: ‘There is no place for any religious or honour based violence. It’s abhorrent, it’s against your religion, it’s unlawful.” Did Julian Shaw study Islam? He seems to know all about it, but it is unlikely that he is aware of these facts:
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. A manual of Islamic law certified as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy by Al-Azhar University, the most respected authority in Sunni Islam, says that “retaliation is obligatory against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right.” However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2). In other words, someone who kills his child incurs no legal penalty under Islamic law. In this case, of course, the victim was the murderer’s wife, a victim to the culture of violence and intimidation that such laws help create.
The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer.
Three Asian men who carried out an ‘honour attack’ on the boyfriend of one of their sisters have all avoided prison terms.
Kasim Ali, 25, and his cousins Adeel Ali, 20, and Razi Khalid, 18, targeted Aquib Baig because their family did not approve of him seeing their sister, a court was told.
They rammed his car before chasing him into a corner store in Blackburn, Lancashire, where they kicked and beat him in front of horrified shoppers.
Despite a judge condemning the violence, the trio were this week spared jail for their attack on Mr Baig, which took place on April 13.
Sentencing them at Preston Crown Court Sessions House, Recorder Julian Shaw told them: ‘There is no place for any religious or honour based violence.
‘It’s abhorrent, it’s against your religion, it’s unlawful. I have had to see the violence perpetrated.
‘Mercifully, perhaps more by luck than judgement, the victim didn’t sustain more serious injuries.
‘He was attacked by all three of you together at the same time despite attempts by member of the public to break it up and despite the perception that he offered no violence towards you at all.’
Prosecutor Sarah Gruffydd told the court how Mr Baig was in a relationship with Kasim Ali’s sister, causing upset among the extended family.
Miss Gruffydd said: ‘It was a relationship which was disapproved of by Ali and the rest of his family. This is an honour-based violence case.’
She told the court the three attackers drove their car into Mr Baig’s before chasing him into a shop and attacking him.
The court heard that the beating only came to an end after members of the public got in between the defendants.
The victim was taken to hospital where he was found to have bruising to his forehead and left eye, grazes to his cheek and swelling to his head. He also had injuries to his chest and back, the court heard.
Miss Gruffydd added: ‘It was a group action and a sustained assault. There was kicking and stamping and an attempt to cause more serious harm.’
Defending Kasim Ali, Ben Morris said: ‘I’m not too sure what honour-based means. If this was a young man from Liverpool, not of the Muslim faith, who didn’t approve, he may well take steps to stop his sister from heading down a particular road.
‘He is a sensible chap who doesn’t hang about with the wrong sort and this is entirely out of character for him.
‘The family are together and reunited. There is no rift between sister and brother or father and son.’
Darren Preston, for Adeel Ali, also refuted claims it was an honour attack.
He told the court: ‘Whatever it was that sparked that violence in this young man, it was nothing to do with this honour-attack, as the prosecution has put it.
‘He was angry for a specific reason, perhaps for a good one but of course that’s no excuse.’…