Police plea to victims of ‘honour’ crimes

Scottish police are launching a campaign to tackle honour-based violence in Muslim communities by encouraging more victims to come forward: the number of cases in Scotland is growing, and although there have been only 31 reported in Lothian and Borders since the start of 2009, this is believed to be the tip of the iceberg as few victims are willing or able to come forward: all 31 recorded incidents in Lothian and Borders have been against women, the majority aged 21 to 30: most of the perpetrators were aged 31 to 50 and male, and motivated by a feeling of loss of honour or disrespect.