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Thames and Chiltern's top prosecutor delivers honour-based violence speech at International Women's Day event in London

09/03/2012

The Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) delivered a speech on the CPS work in relation to honour based violence on Thursday, 08 March 2012 at an event in London.

The event was held between 4-6pm to launch the Jeena Report and was hosted by Virendra Sharma MP and John McDonnell MP at the House of Commons.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said: "It was an honour to be invited to this prestigious event. To be asked to speak was an even greater accolade.

"Honour-based violence is a serious issue and something that we need to tackle on a multi agency basis. This multi agency approach needs to include organisations like Jeena International who have specialist knowledge and experience, which is invaluable."

Jeena International is an organic grassroots, not for profit organisation based in Slough that is committed to Human Rights, in particular Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Jeena International recognises and understands the cultural, economic and social barriers that underpin certain communities both in the countries of origin and host communities, which can and does lead to Human Rights violations.

The Jeena report highlights violence against women and womens rights. The report emanated from a fact finding trip to India and recognises that a joined up approach is needed locally, nationally and internationally to proactively protect potential vulnerable people, by having consistent and constant messages of safeguarding to multi-agencies and communities via awareness raising and training.

08 March is International Women's Day (IWD) and was felt the most appropriate day to launch the report.  IWD is annually held on 08 March to celebrate women's achievements through history and across nations.

Rani Bilkhu, Founder and Director of Jeena International, said: "We are calling for a multi embassy approach in dealing with Human Rights (in particular Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) i.e. Domestic Abuse, trafficking), and an international summit on sex selection abortions and female infanticide.

"This is a global concern and the multi agency approach and international summit  will be able to determine the scale of the challenge and seek a joined up approach in tackling this Human Rights issue (in particular VAWG).

"The international summit will engage with academics, NGOs, governments, local, national, international agencies and any other stakeholders.

"A two-pronged proactive approach to raising awareness, and education for both multi agencies and communities is paramount to tackling Human Rights."

Useful information:

A copy of the event agenda can be acceassed here.

A copy of the basis of the speech can be accessed here.  However, please note that it is not a verbatum record. 

Rani can be contacted for further information on, Mobile: +44 (0) 7958 603541, Office: +44 (0) 1753 424240, West Wing Arts Centre, Stoke Road, Slough,Berkshire, UK, SL2 5AY.

All data from 2010-11 is contained within the Violence against women and girls (VAWG) crime report and accompanying tables and be found in the below link under the heading Performance Information.  The executive summary within the report will give you the key headlines. http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/equality/vaw/index.html

Legal Guidance on Prosecuting Cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence - This sets out the CPS' legal guidance in relation to cases of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence. Available online in the Legal Guidance section on the CPS website: Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Legal Guidance.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three specialised national divisions: Central Fraud Group, Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism, and Organised Crime. From 01 September 2011, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) prosecution function transferred to the CPS. A telephone service - CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales.

2. The Thames and Chiltern CPS Area consists of five prosecution areas Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. More information can be found on our website - www.cps.gov.uk/thames_chiltern

3. The DPP has published his long term vision for the prosecution service and its role within the wider criminal justice system. It includes modernising the service and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice read The Public Prosecution Service: Setting the Standard on our website: www.cps.gov.uk/pps  He has also set out what the public can expect from the CPS in the Core Quality Standards document published in March 2010. It can be seen at http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/core_quality_standards/index.html

4. In 2010 2011 the CPS employed around 7,745 people and prosecuted 957,881 cases with 116,898 of these in the Crown Court, and the remaining 840,983 in the magistrates' courts. Of those we prosecuted, 93,106 defendants were convicted in the Crown Court and 727,491 in the magistrates' courts. In total 86% of cases prosecuted resulted in a conviction. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk

5. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.  This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests.  The Protocol is published on our website at: http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/agencies/mediaprotocol.html

6. For further information, please contact Louise Rosher, Thames and Chiltern CPS Area Communications Manager on 01189 513640. National media enquiries should be directed to the HQ press office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781926.