An article today in the Sunday Telegraph highlights how some state officials, including doctors, are putting women in danger from ‘honour’-based violence (HBV) by giving their families confidential information about them:
“Young women fleeing forced marriages are being betrayed by GPs and benefits staff who “collude” with families to return them against their will, a senior police officer police has revealed. Doctors and Job Centre workers are breaching confidentiality rules and passing on vital information to families, allowing them to trace and punish Asian women who are attempting to escape coerced marriages and “honour”-based domestic violence.
Commander Steve Allen, who is the spokesman on forced marriages for Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), revealed that some doctors have informed girls’ families that they have asked for the contraceptive pill, placing them at risk from fathers or brothers who believe this means the family’s honour has been besmirched. Cmdr Allen also told The Sunday Telegraph that Job Centre workers have accessed the National Insurance details of women who flee violent husbands, tracing where they collect benefits and passing the details on to their families so they can be found and forced back to their marital home.”
This article does not come as a shock, as there have long been bureaucrats who do this sort of thing. These officials who put women at risk fall into three types of categories; the first is the unwitting type, who hands over information to family members without realising the potential consequences. They are the ones who would benefit from training. The second is the typical cultural relativist white liberal, who happily distributes the information, and washes their hands of the consequences thanks to their belief that â€˜cultural differencesâ€™ excuses HBV. The third, and the most dangerous, are the officials who actively work with families to expose and track down women at risk, either because of family ties or because they believe that HBV is right:
â€ In another case, reported to a women’s group, a Chief Inspector offered to help a family track down a girl who fled a forced marriage. Zalikha Ahmed, director of the South Yorkshire based women’s refuge Apna Haq, said: “We have to be careful with the police, especially the Asian ones. We don’t visit the station where certain Asian officers are on because some of them are perpetrators and one of them on the record said he would not arrest someone who used force on his wife.”â€
Given the extent of our surveillance society, and the immense amount of information available to public officials, those running from HBV will probably never be truly safe, as it often would only take one or two sympathetic officials to help a family track someone down.
(Via Devil’s Kitchen.)
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