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Honour Crimes

The terms "honour crime" or "honour based violence" or "izzat" embrace a variety of crimes of violence (mainly but not exclusively against women), including assault, imprisonment and murder, where the person is being punished by their family or their community.

They are being punished for actually, or allegedly, undermining what the family or community believes to be the correct code of behaviour.

In transgressing the correct code of behaviour, the person shows that they have not been properly controlled to conform by their family and this is to the shame or dishonour of the family.

 

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