The “honor killing” case of Shefilea Ahmed has a host of lessons for the many communities coming in contact with newer and more transparent communities. It also brings to the fore the kind of issues that some of us would find it suitable to handle behind their closed doors without holding any sympathy towards their own family members. According a recent news article by Helen Carter in the Guardian, she has rightly pointed out at the crossroads at which different cultures are finding themselves today.
Also, the studies published by the Guardian during the 90’s observed that South-Asian women from the age group of 18-24 are three times more prone to harm themselves in having to put up with vices like domestic violence, culture conflict and alcohol beatings when compared with British women. This is precisely the same age group in which these women try to raise their voice and be willing to conduct them independent of any preaching whatsoever.
The said findings were shared by the men and women of south Asian community living in south and west London. People from the community that came to the briefing organized by the Guardian said that they are aware of the under tide and urged the Guardian to help create awareness amongst the parents and members of the community that are still stuck with such perceptions.
Fresh initiatives towards understanding of different communities coming into contact with each other as well as helping these cultures accept each other well is something that shall be taken up by nations that are benefiting from this confluence.
Source: The Guardian
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