Statement on Feltham resident Mayra Zulfiqar

Following the death of Mayra Zulfiqar, a Feltham resident killed in Pakistan 3 May 2021, Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, has issued a statement.

Published: Monday, 17th May 2021

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Councillor Kathrine Dunne said:

“We are incredibly saddened to hear what has happened and our thoughts are with Mayra’s family and friends.”

It has been reported that police in Pakistan have arrested one man and another is wanted in connection with Mayra’s death.

Councillor Dunne continued “All women should be able live their lives freely, without fear of harassment, abuse or violence from men.

“We remain concerned that this killing is being referred to as a ‘crime of passion’ by the media which downplays this terrible crime and sets it apart from an act of murder.

“We understand the fear that women face when speaking up against unwanted male attention, harassment, violence and abuse – whether that is on the street, in their homes or whilst they are abroad as Mayra was.

“We want our community to know that we will not tolerate any behaviour towards women and girls that could put them in danger and if you contact us about concerns we will take them seriously. Perpetrators should know that their actions are illegal and we will not tolerate behaviours that make women feel scared or threatened to go about their daily lives.”

Hounslow is committed to ending all forms of violence against women and girls.

If you are worried about your safety, there are a range of different services you can contact:

  • Hounslow Domestic and Sexual Violence Outreach Service

    Free, confidential, non-judgemental, advice and support to anyone affected by domestic and sexual violence living in Hounslow. This can include Forced Marriage, so called “Honour” Based Violence, Stalking and Harassment. – Call 07810 031 780 or email community.safety@hounslow.gov.uk (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm)
     
  • Southall Black Sisters

    Provides free, confidential, information, advice and support to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women experiencing domestic abuse and other forms of Violence Against Women and Girls. – Call 0208 581 9595 or email info@southalblacksisters.co.uk (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm)
     
  • Women and Girls Network

    Advice, advocacy and support for women and girls (14 years+) affected by any form of gendered violence and abuse.

    Call 0808 801 0660 (Mon-Fri, 10am to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm on Weds)
     
  • Asian Women’s Resource Centre

    Provides holistic, empowering support services to women experiencing gender-based violence. – Call 020 8961 6549 / 5701 or email info@asianwomenresourcecentre.org.uk (Mon-Fri, 10am- 5pm)
     
  • Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)

    Run by the UK Government, the FMU has a public helpline providing advice and support to people at risk of or experiencing forced marriage. They can support anyone in the UK and British citizens abroad. – Call +44 (0) 20 7008 0151 or email fmu@fcdo.gov.uk
     
  • Karma Nirvana

    Free, confidential, advice and support to anyone affected by forced marriage or “honour” based violence. If you’re being pressured to get married against your will or fear bringing shame or “dishonour” on your family, you can speak to Karma Nirvana. – Call 0800 5999 247 or contact online https://karmanirvana.org.uk/contact/ (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm)
     
  • EACH Counselling Service

    One to one counselling for people who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence, “honour” based violence, forced marriage or female genital mutilation.

    Call 020 8579 4529 (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm)
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