Parents of a 17 year old girl who did not want to follow their parents idea of how she should dress and refused to be forced to marry against her will was murdered by her mother and father. It was Shafiles’s sister Alesha who in the went to the police and told them the truth about what happen.
Britain is trying to stop forced marriage but it must be one of the hardest things to do when the girls are under so pressure from parents and other relatives, knowing that they will be harmed if they do not conform.
The parents thought more of their culture and what people would think about them, and very little about their daughter.
A judge who jailed two parents for life for the so-called honour killing of their “Westernised” daughter has said the teenager was “squeezed between two cultures”.
Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his wife Farzana, 49, were told they would both serve a minimum of 25 years in prison after a jury at Chester Crown Court convicted them of the murder of their 17-year-old daughter Shafilea.
The trial was told they suffocated the teenager with a plastic bag at the family home in Warrington, Cheshire, in September 2003 because they felt her desire to lead a Westernised life was bringing shame on the family.
Shafilea’s decomposed remains were discovered in the River Kent in Cumbria in February 2004. It was not until 2010 that Alesha provided the “final piece of the puzzle” about her death, said the prosecution.
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