Monday, October 17, 2005

Immigrant taxi drivers acting as spies

Immigrant taxi drivers acting as spies

The Danish nation-wide organisation of Women's Crisis Centres, LOKK, claims that a number of taxi drivers with immigrant backgrounds are spying on female immigrants who are hiding from their families. According to the organisation, the problem is especially rife in larger Danish cities. Taxi drivers using mobile phones are photographing females, who are seeking asylum in crisis centres, and their whereabouts are being sent onto their families, the president of LOKK told reporters. According to the daily B.T. it was a group of Taxi drivers who informed a Pakistani man recently, who was looking for his sister, where she could be found. The man murdered his sister three weeks ago outside Slagelse train station because she had married a man from Afghanistan against her families orders.

Denmark: 'Honour killing' worries Pakistanis

A Pakistani man's alleged shooting of his younger sister in a so-called 'honour killing' over the weekend has led members of the Pakistani community to discuss ways of halting the practice. The Organisation of Pakistani Students and Academics intends to discuss the practice during an upcoming debate forum, according to the organisation's chairman Qasam Nazir. 'Many (Pakistanis, ed) are very disappointed that this problem has again appeared in contemporary Denmark,' said Nazir. Many members of the Pakistani community were shocked over the weekend to hear reports that a 29-year-old Pakistani man was apprehended on Saturday, accused of shooting his 19-year-old sister and her Afghan husband in broad daylight on a street in the southern Zealand town of Slagelse on Friday. The girl died shortly after from her gunshot wounds. The couple were married the day before, supposedly without the bride's family's consent. 'We will try to find imams and other prominent people to get a discussion about this cultural phenomenon, which is not a religious practice in any way,' said Nazir.

How society could prevent killings committed in the name of honour would be the focus of the discussion forum. 'We don't know the actual background for the killing, but if there is talk of an 'honour killing', I would say there is no honour involved,' said Nazir. 'He has lost a sister, and the family must now mourn over two losses, both the daughter and the son are gone. Honour is a strange word to use.' Immigration consultant Fahmy Almajid told daily newspaper MetroXpress that while he supported the young Pakistanis' initiative, he feared it would not prevent future murders of a similar nature. 'It's not the young people who decide whether a girl is to be killed,' he said. 'It's the head of the family. So it's the parents who need to be reached, and they are harder to approach.' Almajid, who has often acted as mediator in family conflicts where daughters have rejected their family's demands on marriage and lifestyle, said honour killings happened more often in families with strong ties to the old homeland.

Another issue with the many Muslim taxi drivers is an increasing number of attacks and rapes of Scandinavian girls:

Blind People Rejected by Muslim Taxi Drivers

Capital rise in taxi rapes

Since the latest in a string of sexual assaults against women in Copenhagen taxicabs was reported earlier last week, Copenhagen police say they have received at least 10 reports from women who have claim to have experienced physical or verbal harassment from taxicab drivers in recent months. On 5 September, a young woman told police she was sexually molested by a cab driver. On 6 October, a 25-year-old woman reported that a dark-skinned taxi driver raped her after she hailed his cab shortly after midnight. The chairman of the Greater Copenhagen Taxi Council, Erik Eefsen, told daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten that installing closed circuit video cameras in all capital city taxis might be a necessary step to protect the safety of drivers and customers alike.


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