Tuesday, July 18, 2017

UK: Honour-based violence affecting women in Notts not isolated to one community, says Dr Irfan Malik


"I have come across cases (in my GP surgery) where women have reported things to me but they did not want to do anything at that stage. Women can be scared and reluctant to report it."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK desk
Source/Credit: Nottingham Post
By Matt Jarram | July 17, 2017

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Nottinghamshire Police says that honour-based abuse has risen in the city and that a small task force is in place to protect the victims of this crime.

Honour-based abuse refers to crimes or incidents committed to protect or defend the honour of a family or community and can include forced marriage, assault and sometimes murder.
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Dr Irfan Malik, who is a GP at Elmswood Surgery in Sherwood and member of the Nottingham Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, told the Post: "I do not think it is isolated to one type of community.

"I have come across cases (in my GP surgery) where women have reported things to me but they did not want to do anything at that stage. Women can be scared and reluctant to report it.

"I think it seems to affect females more. It is unacceptable – people are suffering in silence."

Dr Malik believes that support services should visit "hard to reach" communities so that women are aware of their rights and how to report these crimes.
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The police are in the process of setting up a community engagement event this year to raise awareness and to "spread the message" among different Nottingham communities.


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