When facts are reported without context, the news media fails. A woman named Geeta Aulukh was attacked and murdered on a London Street. In the British papers, the report mentions her name, the fact that she died of a head injury, and that her husband and 5 others have been arrested. Here’s the BBC report.
It took several searches, and finally in the Times of India and the Argentina Star (Australia) I start to find some background information. She was separated from her husband, planning a divorce. She was married to a Sikh, and had some sort of mark on her right hand that signified that marriage. He and 5 of his friends attacked her, cut off her right hand and scalped her. She died in a hospital 4 hours later.
It was an honor killing. She had been afraid for months. She had reason to be. Whatever protections the British government provided her were inadequate. She was mutilated and left to die for her husband’s primitive ideas about marriage, possession of women as property, and honor. Political correctness does none of us any good if it gets in the way of the truth.
I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.
–Susan B. Anthony