Honour killings do not exclusively happen to women and any legislation aimed at tackling the appalling crime must include men, an MP has warned.
Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani’s wants a Bill which will ban the term “honour killing” in official publications and strengthen the support given to women who are subjected to domestic violence and killed while abroad.
But Shipley MP Philip Davies said while she was right to tackle political correctness and agreed there is nothing honourable about murdering someone, the main reason for opposing the Bill was that it relates to female victims and not all victims.
He said: “"For the benefit of the morons on Twitter... and for some in this House I should make it clear from the start I along with everybody else oppose women suffering from honour based violence but it seems I am the only one in this House that equally opposes the honour based violence against men."
Mr Davies said he saw no reason why the Bill should not address victims of honour based violence and not mention gender.
Speaking in the Commons he said: “We cannot let this trend of having laws which are unjustifiably aimed at dealing with one gender take hold. Why are just females mentioned in this Bill why can it not be for all victims of these terrible crimes? We do not have an offence of female or male murder we just have murder. There are more male victims of murder in the UK than female victims. If I introduced a Bill which said we were only going to care about the families of the male victims because there are more of them I suspect most people complaining would be up in arms. Yes of course women are far more likely to be a victim of an honour based crime but they are not exclusive.”
Ms Ghani told MPs a culture of “political correctness” can make police officers wary of intervening in so-called honour cases for fear of offending communities. She said crimes should be called "murder, rape, abuse and enslavement", and that the term "honour killing" suggests that "violence, particularly against women, is culturally sensitive".
Mr Davies recently attended an event organised by Baroness Cox where three “very brave Muslim women” told of how they had been affected by Sharia Courts. He told MPs “despite all the people who claim here to be concerned about women I was the only MP at that meeting.”
Around 25% of victims of so called honour based violence are men.