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Statistics on Honor Related Violence and Killings

Up to 17,000 women in Britain are being subjected to "honour" related violence, including murder, every year, according to police chiefs.
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Almost all victims of the most extreme crimes are women, killed in half of cases by their own husbands. Sometimes murders are carried out by other male relatives, or even hired killers. The fear that many thousands are left to endure honour violence alone may be supported by the disturbing details of the incidence of suicide within the British Asian community. Women aged 16 to 24 from Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds are three times more likely to kill themselves than the national average for women of their age.
The number of murders, rapes and assaults on people who dare to break strict religious or cultural rules is doubling every year, police figures show, with up to two violent “honour crimes” being committed every day. But charities which help victims of honour crimes say the true extent of the problem is far worse than the statistics show, as every year hundreds of vicitms - normally women - are too frightened to report attacks or to give evidence in court.
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Figures released by the Metropolitan Police show that in London alone there have been 129 honour-based crimes between April and October this year, compared with 132 in the whole of 2008/09, which in turn was double the number of the previous year. The Home Office has estimated that there are an average of 12 honour killings each year in England and Wales.

But Diana Nammi, director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, described the official figures as “the tip of the iceberg” and suggested there are more than 500 honour crimes each year nationwide.

She said: “It’s not just the detection of honour crimes which is increasing, but the number of crimes which are committed. The rise of fundamentalism is the reason these crimes are increasing. The Government has also been turning a blind eye to the problem, which only makes things worse.

“We need to change the mindset of the communities where these crimes are happening - mainly people from South Asia, the Middle East and Muslim communities - and hopefully the religious leaders will think about how we can stop this.”
Tulay Goren murder: 'honour' crimes doubling every year, figures show
Gordon Rayner and John Bingham, The Telegraph, December 18, 2009
Nearly 3,000 so-called honour attacks were recorded by police in Britain last year, new research has revealed.

According to figures obtained by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (Ikwro), at least 2,823 incidents of 'honour-based' violence took place, with the highest number recorded in London.

The charity said the statistics fail to provide the full picture of the levels of 'honour' violence in the UK , but are the best national estimate so far.

The data, taken from from 39 out of 52 UK forces, was released following a freedom of information request by Ikwro.

In total, eight police forces recorded more than 100 so called honour-related attacks in 2010.

The Metropolitan Police saw 495 incidents, with 378 reported in the West Midlands, 350 in West Yorkshire, 227 in Lancashire and 189 in Greater Manchester.

Cleveland recorded 153, while Suffolk and Bedfordshire saw 118 and 117 respectively, according to the figures.

Between the 12 forces able to provide figures from 2009, there was an overall 47 per cent rise in honour attack incidents.

Police in Northumbria saw a 305 per cent increase from 17 incidents in 2009 to 69 in 2010, while Cambridgeshire saw a 154 per cent jump from 11 to 28. A quarter of police forces in the UK were unable or unwilling to provide data, Ikwro said.

The report stated: 'This is the first time that a national estimate has been provided in relation to reporting of honour-based violence.

'Honour' attacks are punishments usually carried out against Muslim women who have been accused of bringing shame on their family and in the past have included abductions, mutilations, beatings and murder.

Ikwro director Diana Nammi told the BBC that families often deny the existence of the attacks.

She said: 'The perpetrators will be even considered as a hero within the community because he is the one defending the family and community's honour and reputation.'
The number of women from Britain's ethnic communities stepping forward to report honour- related violence has more than doubled in three years, new figures have revealed.

Figures from the Metropolitan Police show that in the 12 months to April 2011 there were 443 incidents reported as cases of honour violence or forced marriage in London alone, more than double that in 2007-08.

A separate recent survey of all police forces, using Freedom of Information Act, revealed that there were nearly 3,600 reported cases nationwide in 2010, The Telegraph reports.

Police figures have also revealed that a significant proportion of victims drop their cases after initially coming forward.

Campaigners warn that recorded cases may be just the "tip of the iceberg" with thousands of incidents going unreported each year because of fear of reprisal, family pressure or inconsistent police recording.

Tulay Goren, drugged, tortured and then killed, January 1999

Mehmet Goren, the father of 15-year-old Muslim schoolgirl Tulay Goren, has been convicted of her murder and sentenced to serve a minimum of 22 years for the family "honour killing" in London.

Tulay, who had come to Britain from the Kurdish region of Turkey, was drugged, tortured and then killed by her father Mehmet Goren, over her relationship with an older man of whom Mehment Goren and his relations did not approve.

Although Tulay’s body has never been found, her father Mehmet Goren, 49, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey after a 10-week trial.
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The trial heard how Tulay, who came to Britain at the age of 12, was assaulted by her father, a Shia Muslim, who was angered by her relationship with Mr Unal, who was twice her age and a Sunni Muslim.

In the weeks before her disappearance, Tulay ran away from home twice and personally reported two attacks on her by her father. Her boyfriend also reported an assault.

However, despite Tulay's refusal to go home, she was lured back three weeks later, in January 1999, and disappeared the next day.
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Mehment had been arrested when Tulay vanished on January 7 1999 but lied his way out of trouble and forced his family to do the same.

He was only brought to justice by the damning testimony of the mother and sister Tulay left behind.

Ten years after she vanished, her mother Hanim agreed to tell the court the truth about her violent and bigoted husband Mehmet.

In emotional scenes in court a sobbing Mrs Goren said: 'In the children's bedroom I saw Tulay lying on the floor face down.

"Her hands and her feet were tied. Her hands and her feet were all a purple black colour.

"Hatice cried and screamed and jumped on her and the two of us tried to untie her, and Tulay said: 'Mum don't untie me, I want to die'. In the meantime Mehmet had come from downstairs and said don't untie, don't touch he said."

Mrs Goren continued: "After that Mehmet said: 'So that she doesn't run away again I have tied her up'."

She also gave key evidence about the aftermath of the murder, in which she found knives missing from the kitchen, bin bags used up and the back garden of her home in Glastonbury Avenue, Woodford Green, dug over.
Honour killing: father convicted of murder of Tulay Goren
John Bingham , The Telegraph, December 17, 2009

Shalifea Ahmed, possibly strangled to death, then dismembered, September 11, 2003

A Muslim teenager found dead in a river after fleeing an arranged marriage had suffered years of beatings from her parents, an inquest heard today.

Shafilea Ahmed, 17, vanished in September 2003 and her body was found five months later in the River Kent near Sedgwick in Cumbria.

She had been beaten by her mother and father, who also stole her £2,000 savings, and had fled her home in fear of being forced into an arranged marriage and left to live in Pakistan, the inquest into her death was told.

Shafilea, from Warrington, Cheshire, was a bright and intelligent young woman who wanted to go to university and become a lawyer, the hearing was told.

But she was "torn" between her ambitions and her family and religion, the inquest at the County Hall, in Kendal, Cumbria was told.

During a trip to Pakistan in the year before her disappearance, she drank a caustic substance, possibly bleach, after being introduced to one possible suitor, the hearing has heard.

But three months after returning to the UK she vanished.

Shafilea was most likely strangled or suffocated, according to pathologists who examined her badly decomposed body.

No one has ever been charged over her death and her mother and father, Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed, both strongly deny any involvement in her disappearance.
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Ms Woods read from a statement Shafilea made in her application for council accommodation.

It said: "Over the past few years I've been experiencing domestic violence by my parents.

"I had saved £2,000 which they took out of my bank account.

"My parents are going to send me to Pakistan and I'll be married to someone and left there.

"There had been a build-up of violence towards me, and my mother told me I was about to go to Pakistan for an arranged marriage.

"My mother had started to pack and my parents had been in to school to inform them we were going to Pakistan."

Coroner Ian Smith asked Ms Woods if Shafilea was genuine.

"She wasn't being a drama queen," she replied. "She came across as a shy, quiet girl.

She came across as being genuinely frightened of this impending arranged marriage."
A student who wanted to become a lawyer, Ahmed swallowed bleach during a trip to Pakistan in 2003, in what was later reported to be a suicide attempt. Her father claimed that she drank it during a power cut, thinking it was a bottle of fruit juice. According to a wide range of media reports after her disappearance, Shafilea turned down a suitor in an arranged marriage during the trip, though her parents denied any attempts to pressure her into agreeing to the marriage.

"Police then learned that shortly before her disappearance Shafilea had travelled to Pakistan where she rejected an arranged marriage partner and had swallowed bleach, badly scarring her throat - an injury which required constant medical attention when she returned home."

Shafilea disappeared on September 11, 2003, and had been missing for a week before her teachers informed the police. Subsequently, there was a major campaign to urge people who had any information to come forward. Actress Shobna Gulati was persuaded to front the media campaign, and read some of her poems on television.

"A nationwide hunt was launched but when Shafilea failed to seek treatment for her damaged throat detectives became convinced she had been murdered - possibly in an "honour killing" connected with her rejection of her Pakistani suitor." Det Chief Insp Gerraint Jones stated to The Mirror: "Her family say a suitor had been found for her in Pakistan but she was free to make her own decisions."

In February 2004, Ahmed's corpse was found in the River Kent near Sedgwick, Cumbria, in proximity to Kendal in the Lake District (70 miles (110 km) away from Warrington). After heavy flooding in the area, police said the corpse was deliberately hidden; a gold "zigzag" bracelet and blue topaz ring found with the body were identified by her parents. Due to decomposition, the cause of death could not be determined by the coroner (Home Office pathologist Alison Armer) at post mortem, leaving the Police to believe that it had probably been there since the day she disappeared or not long after. Shafilea's body was also found to have been dismembered
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Shafilea's parents, Iftikhar Ahmed, a taxi driver, and Farzana Ahmed, were released without charge after briefly having been arrested along with five other members of her extended family.

There were several poems written by Shafilea that interested the police in their investigations, notably the poem I feel trapped. The poem is said to reflect Shafilea's utter despair and emotional state, describing a hopeless life, a family that ignored her, and that she had run away from home several times in the past due to tensions with her family.

Neighbour Sheila Costello,was quoted "We heard they had an argument over an arranged marriage and that Shafi had run away. I hope nothing terrible has happened to her."

The investigation by Cheshire Constabulary into the murder of Shafilea remains ongoing and after three years has not established a suspect, although 8 members of her extended family are awaiting trial for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the case. There is still confusion regarding exact events of the trip she made to Pakistan.
Murder of Shafilea Ahmed
Wikipedia, accessed January 22, 2011

Caneze and her 4 daughters, house fire, 2006

A grandmother has spoken of her never-ending pain on the week that two of her granddaughters should have celebrated their 18th and 21st birthdays.

Sayrah and Sophia Riaz and their two sisters Alicia and Hannah died when their father started a fire at their family home in 2006, because he was unable to accept their westernised ways.

Their mother Caneze Riaz also perished in the blaze. This week ahead of the fifth anniversary the tragedy, their grandmother June Khanan said the occasion would be especially hard as it fell just weeks before Sayrah and Sophia would have been celebrating landmark birthdays.

June said: "Sayrah would have turned 21 on Monday, September 26 and Sophia would have been 18 on Thursday, September 29. "This should be a happy time, but it isn't and never will be. "The pain doesn't get any easier, and birthdays and anniversaries make it worst. "I have lost all the closest things I will ever have. Every time I talk about it it's like a knife going through me."

Father Mohammed Riaz poured petrol around their home in Tremellen Street, Accrington, and lit it with matches while his family slept on November 1, 2006.

Riaz later died of his own injuries caused by the blaze.

The tragedy was made even worse when, just six weeks after Caneze and her daughters were buried, her son Adam, 17, lost his battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

June, 64, said the pain of dealing losing six family members – Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 13, Alicia, 10, Hannah, three, Ceneze, 39, as well as Adam, never eases.

She has since moved away from Accrington, saying she could not bear live on the doorstep of the tragedy, and now lives near her only surviving son Barry in Bolton.

She said: "I could never ever forgive the person who did this to our loved ones and neither could Barry. "Mohammed Riaz was a quiet man and someone I got on reasonably well with. "But it turned into our worst nightmare. We got closure in that we knew he did it but I still get a lot of anger. "We never got to grieve for Caneze and the grandchildren like we should because we focused on Adam straight after when he was ill with cancer. "I have been to counsellor after counsellor to try and help but nothing works. It will always be there at the end of the day no matter what."
Five years on: Fire deaths still haunt girls’ grandma
Alex Bell, Asian News, October 04, 2011

Banaz Mahmod, strangled to death, January 2006

The police inquiry into a so-called "honour killing" case is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The body of Banaz Mahmod, 20, was found in a suitcase buried in a Birmingham garden last year.

Her father Mahmod Mahmod, and uncle Ari Mahmod, both from Mitcham, south London, were convicted of her murder.

Miss Mahmod allegedly told police she feared for her life four times before she disappeared.

Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and Ari Mahmod, 51, ordered the murder because they believed she had shamed the family by falling in love with the "wrong" man.

Jurors in the trial earlier this month were not told that on 12 December 2005, Banaz sent a letter to the police naming, Omar Hussein, Mohamad Hama and Mohammed Ali as her uncle's henchmen who were going to kill her.

Hama has since pleaded guilty to murder while Mr Hussein and Mr Ali have fled Britain.

Weeks after she sent the letter, her father lured her to her grandmother's house and tried to kill her, but she escaped by smashing a window.

Banaz subsequently disappeared from her south London home in January 2006 and her body was found three months later.

Banaz first contacted police on December 4 2005 when she learned of a plot by her uncle to kill her and boyfriend Rahmat Sulemani, whom the family deemed unsuitable.

When officers went to her home in Mitcham to investigate, her mother Behya refused to let them in.
'Honour killing' handling probed
BBC News, June 19, 2007

Alisha Begum, burnt to death, March 2006

INTERPOL has launched a search for a murder suspect accused of planning an honour killing which left a six year-old girl dead.

The “red notice” international arrest warrant has been issued in a bid to bring Mohammed Foaz Ahmed back to Birmingham, almost five years after little Alisha Begum died.

The suspect, 28, is believed to have fled to Bangladesh after the youngster was killed in an arson attack on her Aston home.

Two other men are currently serving 11 year sentences over the death.

Jabed Ali was jailed in October after admitting manslaughter and arson, with intent to endanger life. He had also been hiding out in Bangladesh before giving himself up to cops.

Daryll Tuzzio was jailed in 2006 for the attack, after being found guilty of manslaughter and arson with intent following a trial.

During the hearing, it was claimed that Foaz Ahmed was suspected of being the main organiser of the plot.

Prosecutor Mark Wall said Ahmed “recruited” the other two men to fire bomb little Alisha’s home because her older brother, Abdul, was having a relationship with his 16 year-old sister, Meheran.

The dispute took a violent turn after both families had tried to keep the young couple apart by removing their mobile phones.

Foaz Ahmed allegedly began making threatening calls to Alisha’s home to intimidate Abdul, before snapping and ordering the fire bomb attack.

In the early hours of March 10, 2006, Tuzzio and Ali bought cans of petrol from a local filling station and went to the property.

Three people, all dressed in dark clothing, parked up outside and forced their way into the house, spraying petrol in the hallway and igniting it.

Family members fled the house as the fire took hold, with some jumping from upstairs windows to save themselves.

When they realised Alisha was still in her bedroom, it was impossible for the family to return to the burning building, and she died from severe burns and smoke inhalation.

Ali fled the country three days later with Foaz Ahmed who was described at his subsequent trial as the ringleader of a “wicked plan”.

Samaira Nazir, throat cut and stabbed to death, June 2006

A BUSINESSMAN is facing a life sentence for stabbing his sister to death in front of his two young daughters in a so-called honour killing.

Azhar Nazir, 30, and his cousin, 17, used four knives to cut Samaira Nazir’s throat and repeatedly stab her after she fell in love with an asylum-seeker from what they saw as an unsuitable caste.

Miss Nazir, 25, had rejected suitors lined up to meet her in Pakistan and had been summoned to the family home in Southall, Middlesex.

The father, also called Azhar, Nazir and the youth launched the attack and at one point dragged her by her hair back into the property.

Miss Nazir, a businesswoman described as “strong-willed”, was heard to shout at her mother, Irshad Begum: “You are not my mother any more.” She was then held down as a scarf was tied around her neck and her throat was cut in three places. Nazir’s daughters, aged 2 and 4, were screaming and were splattered with blood. Police fear that they were ordered to watch as a warning to them. Neighbours called the police after hearing the screaming.

Nazir was found guilty yesterday of murdering his sister; a day after his cousin, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted for his part in the murder. They were remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the Old Bailey in London next month.

Yasmine and Sabrina Cherif, beaten and hacked to death, September 14, 2008

A man killed his 'on-off' girlfriend and her sister in a brutal, depraved attack, knifing one of them more than 30 times, a jury heard today.

Mohammed Ali was twice forced to rearm himself after knives broke as he stabbed Yasmine and Sabrina Larbi-Cherif, a court heard.

Opening the case against Ali, prosecutor David Crigman QC said the 29-year-old had been in a relationship with Yasmine, 22, before killing her and her 19-year-old sister Sabrina.

Mr Crigman told Birmingham Crown Court that that Ali, who has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of provocation but denies murder, stabbed both women in the lounge of their flat before dragging their bodies into a bedroom, leaving a 'swathe' of blood on the floor.

After showing the jury CCTV footage of Ali leaving the Jupiter Apartments in Ryland Street, Birmingham, following the killings, Mr Crigman told the panel: 'He had left behind a scene of carnage.

'He had used violence of the most brutal and depraved kind and he had killed two young girls.'

The jury was told that the partially-clothed bodies of the Algerian-born siblings were found last September at their fourth floor flat near to Birmingham Broad Street entertainment district.
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'In this case, it's likely that there will be overlapping motives - anger, control, base male brutality and a significant sexual dimension,' the lawyer said.

Warning jurors that some of the photographs taken by police inside the flat were distressing, Mr Crigman invited them to look at one showing the sisters' bodies lying on a bed.

Each of the victims was naked from the waist down, but an item had been thrown over their lower bodies, the court heard.

Mr Crigman continued: 'It is a certainty that where you see those girls is not where they were attacked or killed.

'They were attacked in the lounge of the flat and they were dragged, dead or dying... and extremely likely already dead, into the bedroom.'

The prosecution barrister then went on to detail the wounds the sisters had suffered, revealing that Sabrina's injuries from a series of 'precision strikes' had led to the loss of the entirety of the blood in her system.

The younger victim was stabbed 32 times by Ali, who is thought to be from Morocco or Iraq.

Yasmine had also undergone 'a beating', Mr Crigman said, sustaining wounds to her arm and wrist and an eight-inch-deep stab wound to her back which entered her heart.
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'He launched the attack with fists and maybe feet and then he got a knife and he used it and he broke it... and he went to get another knife and he broke it.

'He went and got a third knife and he used it until the girls were dead.'

Abdullah and Aysha Mohammed, death by smoke inhalation, October 21, 2009

An innocent couple died in a house fire at the hands of assailants who got the wrong address in a botched honour killing, a court heard today.

Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his wife, Aysha Mohammed, 39, were overcome by smoke and fumes after an accelerant was poured through their letterbox and set alight.

Their killers were ordered by another man to avenge his family's honour but instead of firebombing 135 London Road in Blackburn, Lancashire, they started the blaze at 175 London Road, the court heard.

Mr Mohammed was found unconscious in his bedroom along with his wife and two of their three children in the early hours of October 21 last year.

He died the same night while his wife died a week later. Their 14-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son survived.

Opening the case at Preston Crown Court, Brian Cummings QC said: 'The prosecution allege that Sadik Miah, Mohammed Miah (no relation) and Habib Iqbal were directly responsible for starting the fire that night and the prosecution further allege that these three were acting on behalf of Hisamuddin Ibrahim who had effectively put them up to it.

'The prosecution say, on behalf of his family, Hisamuddin Ibrahim wanted to kill a man by the name of Mo Ibrahim (no relation) to punish him for damaging the family's honour for having an affair with his married sister, Hafija Gordi.'

Afshan Azad (Harry Potter actress), beaten and threatened with death, June 2010

Afshan Azad, 22, the high-profile Harry Potter actress remains in hiding after refusing to appear in a London court. Ms. Azad had been seeing a non-Muslim man, a Hindu. Her family, specifically her father, Abul Azad, 53, and her brother Ashraf, 28, called her a "prostitute" and tried to force her into an arranged marriage with a Muslim man. Her brother also beat and her father threatened to kill her in May of this year. She escaped her family home and has been in hiding ever since. According to the Telegraph, she refused to testify against her family, saying that doing so would endanger her further. Apparently the British police tried but failed to persuade Ms. Azad to testify.

Ms. Azad's refusal to appear makes sense to me. She is already in great danger for having associated with a non-Muslim man. Add to that the public and shameful exposure of her family in this matter. Having her male relatives jailed would mean a torturous death sentence.
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What shelter can Britain provide? The British police have acted properly. The law stood ready to condemn this threatened honor killing, this particular form of family violence. In fact, the British police have the legal power to rescue girls and women who have been kidnapped from Britain to South Asia and return them to the West. However, can Britain today offer a safe way of life for a young women like Afshan Azad? What Witness Protection Program could hide her and help her create a meaningful life? How can she remain an actress "underground"?

South Asian immigrant honor killings, (which are mainly Muslim-on-Muslim crimes in the West ), are not confined to illiterate, uneducated, and impoverished families. On the contrary. Some powerful, well-educated, and wealthy families punish their well educated daughters and wives by honor murdering them. The fact that Afshin Azad was "allowed" to work as an actress does not mean that she was allowed to socialize with a non-Muslim or intend to marry a non-Muslim man of her own choosing.

Welcome to the world of Islamic gender and religious apartheid.

Saira, Stabbing which lead to her losing the baby she was carrying, July 2010

SAIRA had a blissfully happy upbringing, growing up in a sprawling ten-bedroom house and going to a £20,000-a-year private school.

Her Muslim parents were well educated and respected members of the community - mum was a GP, dad was a successful businessman.

Saira, the eldest of four children, was encouraged to follow her dream of becoming a barrister. She worked hard and was popular at school in the south of England.

But in an instant, when Saira was 14, her idyllic life changed for ever following a typical schoolgirl incident. This started a catastrophic sequence of events which saw her:

BEATEN by her mother and father and pulled out of school.

PACKED off to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, aged 17, before being sexually abused and degraded by her husband and falling pregnant.

FORCED to flee back to England where she was stabbed in an attempted "honour killing". The attack lead to her losing the baby she was carrying.

And the moment that sparked this chain of turmoil? Her mother saw one of Saira's friends smoking.

Assia Shahzad, hands cut off and stabbed to death, October 9, 2010

A 21-year-old UK man has been charged with the gruesome stabbing murder of his wealthy mother amid suggestions her death was an "honour killing".

Usman Shahzad and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at the home in Aylesbury, north of London, after the death of his 40-year-old mother Assia, the Guardian reported.

Neighbours had told reporters that her husband Rashad had moved out of their six-bedroom home several months ago after claims she had been cheating on him.

The Sun reported that Usman did not approve of his mother seeing other men.

But police dismissed rumours the death was an "honour killing", saying it was related to a "domestic dispute".

Reports say Mrs Shahzad's hands were severed in the attack.

She was described by friends as a "strong-minded, independent woman" who owned a taxi business with her estranged husband.

Local councillor Raj Khan, who grew up with Mrs Shahzad, described the murder as a "total nightmare".

"It's a devastating time, not only for her family but for the community," he said.

"She was a very community-spirited lady."

Her uncle said that Mrs Shahzad was well known in Aylesbury and "lived for her kids".

Shamima Akhtar, kidnapped, beaten, hair cut off and held against her will, April 1, 2011

A Muslim teenager was kidnapped and beaten by her own siblings after they caught her kissing a white man, a court heard today.

Shamima Akhtar, 18, was allegedly bundled into a car and taken home before being beaten by her two older sisters, Nadiya, 25, and Nazira, 29, and brother Kayum Mohammed-Abdul, 24.

Winchester Crown Court heard they called Shamima 'a whore and a prostitute and then cut her waist-length hair up to her neck after they saw her kissing a white man, Gary Pain, in the car park of a restaurant in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on April 1 last year.

Prosecutor Peter Ateris told hoe an 'extremely aggressive and threatening' Mohammed-Abdul assaulted Mr Pain while Shamima was 'firmly escorted' to the car by their two sisters.

The jury heard the Shamima came from a strict Islamic family and was controlled by her siblings but she considered herself Westernised.

Mr Asteris said: 'This case is unusual because it’s about a family, the Crown say, who oppressed and chastised one of their members that was not complying with the rules of that family.

'This is about honour-based domestic violence. Shamima is the sister of the three defendants. Her family has very strong and traditional Islamic beliefs and they live their lives as a family in accordance with those beliefs.

'Shamima was not allowed to smoke or consume alcohol. Importantly, she must not have any contact with males of a different culture.

'Shamima considers herself western and she did not want to live her life that way.'

The court heard Shamima had a job at Argos and she had got permission from her reluctant family to go out with work colleagues to celebrate her 18th birthday on April 1.

She had told her family her colleagues were all female and they agreed she could go if she returned home by 10.30pm.

Aslam Parvez and family, house windows smashed, cars vandalized and death threats, August 2011

A FAMILY of albino Muslims in Coventry are being terrorised by bigots because their daughter married a man from another religion.

The so-called “honour” retribution has included smashed windows at their Edgwick home, vandalised cars and death threats.

Now, head of the family Aslam Parvez has made a plea to the culprits to end the hatred.

“We’re a good family and have done nothing wrong yet we’re being punished in the name of honour,” he said.

We may be forced to flee city

THE head of a Coventry family of albino Muslims has pleaded for an end to a campaign of “honour” harassment which began after his daughter married outside the faith.

The Parvez-Akhtar family, of Edgwick, has been subjected to vicious attacks because eldest daughter Naseem wed a Christian.

House windows have been smashed, their cars vandalised and they receive constant hate mail.

Aslam Parvez, aged 53, blames members of the Muslim community who believe the family have been dishonoured by his daughter’s marriage.

He contacted the Telegraph to issue a public appeal in a desperate bid to make the culprits stop.

“We’re a good family and have done nothing wrong yet we’re being punished in the name of honour,” he said.

The hate campaign started five months ago when a national magazine published an article on albinos which featured Naseem, who no longer lives in Coventry and has little contact with her family.

It revealed how she has married a Christian, goes to church and is expecting her second child with her husband.

Mr Parvez says copies of the article were quickly spread maliciously, and were posted on walls near their house and through the doors of Muslim homes in the community.

Mr Parvez says he has received numerous death threats and has spent hundreds of pounds installing security cameras around his house.

He has now stopped going to mosque and says he may be forced to flee the city with his wife Shameem Akhtar, 55, three sons Mohammed, 17, Haider, 28, Gulam, 30, and daughters Muqadas, 26 and Musarat, 19.
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A Coventry Police spokesman said they received an allegation from the family on July 20 and are investigating the matter.

Mandy Sanghera, a social worker and local expert in honour violence, is supporting the family.

She said: “This family is already vulnerable because of their condition and have clearly been affected by honour violence against them.

“They don’t deserve it. They need the support of the community not to be alienated by them. I urge those responsible for doing this to stop.”
Coventry Albino Muslim family terrorised by hate campaign
Cara Simpson, Coventry Telegraph, August 4, 2011

Saheer Hussain and Adeel Abriham, attempted hit & run, April 2012

A father attempted to mow down his daughter because he did not want her to marry her boyfriend.

Tariq Hussain, 51, drove his Honda at Saheer Hussain and her partner Adeel Abriham after he asked for Ms Hussain's hand in marriage.

He chased Mr Adeel out of the family home on Westfarm Grove, Cambuslang, before making after the couple in his car.

Hussain was convicted by a jury at Glasgow Sheriff Court of a breach of the peace and attempting to hit the couple with his car to the danger of their lives.

Defence advocate Paul Brown told the court on Thursday that Hussain was a family man and "pillar of the community", Sheriff Sam Cathcart said he could deal with the case "other than by means of custody".

Hussain was ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work in the community, the maximum amount that can be imposed, and meet with a supervisor over 12 months.

The court heard previously Mr Abriham went to the Hussain's family home on March 1, 2011, to ask for Ms Hussain's daughter's hand in marriage after they had been dating for a few months.

Hussain did not want his daughter to be with Mr Abriham after making some enquiries about him.

Mr Brown told the court a number of references were given by people Hussain knows. He said: "It seems he is seen as a pillar of the community. All of them describe this conviction as being completely out of character."