A Conservative MP on the Women and Equalities Committee has opposed a new domestic violence bill to stop the use of the term “honour killing” and help British women who are victims of domestic abuse abroad, because it did not mention men.
Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley, was a lone voice objecting to the proposed Crime (Aggravated Murder of and Violence Against Women) Bill, which calls for the term “honour killing” to be banned and for British authorities to prosecute those who beat and murder British women abroad, helping to bring the women home and to pay for the repatriation of the bodies of those murdered.
The private members bill was brought by Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani, who said that “language matters,” and the Bill will commit Britain to describing the crimes for what they really are – murder, rape and abuse.
She said the term “honour killing” is used by abusers as a “pathetic self-justification” for their violence.
Despite Ms Ghani stating that the term “honour killing” is used to describe “a violent criminal act – sometimes committed against a man, but more often against a woman,” Mr Davies claimed that while he opposes women suffering from honour-based violence, “it seems that I am the only one in this House at the moment who equally opposes honour-based violence against men, too”.
He told the Commons: “The main reason I oppose this bill is that it relates only to female victims and not all victims.”
His comments were reportedly heckled by members of the Commons, with some shouting “sit down”.
Mr Davis added: “Why do we need to have just females mentioned in this bill? Why cannot it be for all victims of these terrible
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