Sunday, January 23, 2005

Campaign to protect women from Honor Killings continues 1-23-05

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Hirsi Ali Returns Spotlight on Honor Killings

January 23, 2005 — Muslim women in the Netherlands, long a haven of tolerance, continue to be victims of honor killings. After months of hiding, Somali-born Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali returns to work, despite death threats from Dutch Muslim extremists, to help try to stop the murders.

In this week's cover story, Women’s eNews, an independent nonprofit news service, reports on the ongoing problem of violence against women and honor killings within the Muslim community in the Netherlands. The actual number of such murders that occur per year in Holland is unknown due to the continuous silence within the Muslim community and the reluctance of the government to talk about the situation. Hirsi Ali reveals that although Muslims account for only 6 percent of the Dutch population, Muslim women are 60 percent of those in battered women’s shelters.

Psychiatrist Carla Rus, who counsels Muslim and non-Muslim domestic violence victims, and Hirsi Ali agree that the violence and honor killings occurring to women in the Netherlands originates from fundamentalist interpretations of the Koran. Rus also blames the Dutch, who “in an effort to promote cultural freedom, permitted sexual and physical abuse, child abuse and honor violence.”

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