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Authors

Mukaddes Gorar

Abstract

In honour-based patriarchal societies, young girls and women are expected to remain virgins until marriage. If this expectation is not met, the consequences can be very harmful and may even lead to honour killing. Honour killing occurs when a victim (mainly female) is murdered by a relative, due to the perpetrator’s assumption that the victim has brought shame or dishonour upon the family. Having sexual freedom before marriage is considered to be shameful, and it attracts honour related punishment. Chastity of the female members of a family until the wedding night is perceived as a means of safeguarding the family’s honour. In this paper, I argue that these chastity requirements are discriminatory and diminish young girls' and women's self-autonomy and dignity. Furthermore, this is a violation of young girls' and women's human rights. These oppressive conducts and harmful practices have entered Western modern societies via immigration. Therefore, such practices have become issues for host countries to tackle. The complexity and persistency of such a mentality and practice are a hurdle that needs to be addressed by the UK as well.

Note on the Author

Dr. Mukaddes Gorar is a senior law lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire with a special interest in women’s rights, human rights, and gender studies. Her teaching areas include gender and crime, hate crimes, and ethnicity and crime. She has a PhD in honour crimes. Her email is m.gorar@herts.ac.uk.

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