Honour Killing.


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.

Read more,  UK news Yahoo


26 responses to “Honour Killing.

  1. I’m glad the Shafilea’s sister gave the police the last piece of the puzzle which brought the parents to justice. How could they put their culture before their own flesh and blood- and how could they think it was the right thing to do?

  2. Poor girl! There have been similar incidents here in the U.S. Too bad the so-called parents can’t suffer the same fate.

  3. A gripping life

    You’re right, Harry. It’s happening all over the world. It’s so disturbing, not to mention disgusting. It happened in Canada recently.

  4. If they didn’t want their daughters westernized, then why did they move to the UK?

  5. It really irks me when people move to a new country but think it is okay to break laws to live the way they did back home. Why do they leave in the first place if they don’t want their children to be brought up in the culture of their new land. They must realise that this will happen.

  6. I think the phrase ‘honour killing’ should be outlawed. Murder is murder.

    There was a similar one in Morocco recently too.

    The impact of cultures in the UK is very difficult (hence all the riots etc). My first thought was, hey, this is the UK, live in a different country and you accept their values and morals. But – would I? of course not. I live in not my own country and I want to be free to think and practise what I believe to be right. Fortunately it doesn’t include killing people. Oddly though, that gives me the tiniest insight into the mindset of not accepting another country’s culture, even when you live there. The law however, is another matter.

  7. Culture, how many times have we heard poor excuses as this, A killing is still unlawful and very very wrong. Murder should be treated as such and convicted as such…

  8. How very sad and tragic. God bless her sister for standing up for her and coming forward.

  9. It does happen all over the world, and, regardless of beliefs, we need to hold human life as important and valuable–especially the lives of children.

  10. Such horrible demons! No other way to put it.

  11. I’m glad you preceded the term ‘honour killing’ with ‘so-called’. I agree with roughseasinthemed, the term should be dropped. There’s no honour, only murder. What a tragedy for both Shafiles and Alesha.

  12. It is a tragic story on many levels

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