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Pakistani Parents on Trial for “Honour Killing”


Shafilea Ahmed

This is the shocking story of how a 17 year old girl, Shafilea Ahmed  was killed, allegedly by her parents. What could possibly drive parents to kill their own children? Shafilea’s sister said in court that she was physically abused daily and that they even with-held food for several days from her. The reason is simple – they disapproved of her becoming westernised and integrating with white people.

Pakistani Racism

The alleged murder took place in Warrington in 2003. Her sister testified that she had seen her Parents threaten her with a knife and had even witnessed the murder itself. Alesha Ahmed now 23 is currently in witness protection and said in court that Shafilea had..

a secret life which she did not want her parents to know about”.

The courts heard how the parents told Shafilea that she was going to Pakistan for a family trip, but before the trip was supposed to take place, they drugged her and suffocated her.

The crime went unreported until 2010 when her sister who had witnessed the macabre event finally came forward to the police.

The really sad thing is this is not an isolated case. There have been many such ‘honour killings’ in the UK. But people for whatever reasons seem reluctant to talk about the deep racism that underpins these vile crimes.

Last year alone there were 2,823  honour attacks reported from 39 out of 52 forces, but many many more go unreported.

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.”

Freedom of Information requests have show that “honour based attacks” are up 47% in the last year.

The truth of the matter is that many Pakistani communities in the North of England have become virtual self-made ghettos, and often women are positively discouraged from integrating or even learning English, as their is no need in their tightly restrictive communities. This is not good, and Muslims urgently need to confront these issues rather than pretending they do not exist.

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28 Responses to Pakistani Parents on Trial for “Honour Killing”

  1. Somoe May 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    A very sad state of affairs, that parents can conceive of such a plan to kill their daughter just for having different ideas to their own. Her life sounds to have been made utterly miserable.

    Whilst one can understand why some parents would want to insulate their family from a western culture that increasingly promotes questionable morality (bad language, disrespectful attitudes to elders and authority figures, drug use, rampant sexuality, etc), it escapes me how anyone can excuse this most ultimate crime and call it an ‘honour’ killing as if racist/xenophobic executions in any way preserve honour.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    It appears to occur in closed minority communities distrustful of the larger world where men are fearful of losing their clannish control over their “chattel.”
    In Sicily honor killings have almost (but not totally) died out, whereas in Sardegna and Calabria they still go on.
    Imprisonment does not appear to daunt them since in his own community a man who has killed his sister for having a child out of wedlock is regarded with much respect for upholding the family “honor.”

    Inexcusably western society makes amends for “ethnic and cultural background” in handing out sentences:

    “… in 2006 a German court granted extenuating circumstances on the basis of “ethnic and cultural background” to a Sardinia-born man who had his girlfriend gang-raped because he feared she might have cheated on him.

    “All Italians, and those living in Sardinia particularly, felt insulted and outraged by this German sentence,” notes Sabahi. “Yet when similar crimes take place among the Arab immigrants, Italian authorities tend to blame it on Islam, without caring about offending the Muslim community.”

    Sabahi believes “racist prejudice will not help” stop violence; she believes education is the key. “Institutions should focus on protecting women, rather than bashing culture,” Sabahi says. “A good way to make women safer is to make them more educated and more independent economically.” According to the World Health Organization, “there is evidence that women with less education are generally more likely to experience violence than those with higher levels of education.”

    Nevertheless, the WHO acknowledges that the relationship between education and intimate-partner violence is rather complex: “In some cases, women who are becoming more educated and empowered face a greater risk of violence as their male partners try to regain control.”

    • Jonathon Blakeley May 23, 2012 at 12:00 am #

      Often this kind of racism is centred round ethnic groups trying to control their women, but it happens to men as well. A Pakistani Male friend I knew in Yorkshire was threatened seriously by his family, (they wanted to kill him) – the reason he was going out with a White Yorkshire woman.

      Another Male Pakistani I knew had death threats against him, because he was friendly with a Pakistani Woman (he met he in town for a coffee) but he was from the wrong caste. Hence he would bring dis-honour on the family if she would have got involved with him. He was terrified and feared for his life.

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 12:42 am #

        “threatened seriously by his family”

        The family has no business getting involved.
        It is much nicer to see a couple solving their issues by themselves:

        Or a man making a courageous gesture all by himself:

        • who_me May 23, 2012 at 1:01 am #

          those are some ways to solve male abuse of women. this is another way:

          and one less final:


          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 1:14 am #

            The Russians have discovered lego! But they are still uncouth. In the utility room for 3 days?!?

          • who_me May 23, 2012 at 1:20 am #

            “In the utility room for 3 days?!?”

            and chained to a radiator, force fed this:


          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 1:45 am #

            This is a clean site where God-fearing people come to discuss ethics and spirituality not some den of iniquity where lowlives with no morals exchange soul-corrupting porn to please their depraved natures. So we’d better behave ourselves and stop besmirching the site. You first.

          • fool me once... May 23, 2012 at 2:07 am #

            Hey, you forgot yer symbol :-7

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 2:35 am #

            You eavesdropped. I was just whispering in confidence to who_me. But who_me is busy posting on another thread about butt plugs. Some people are not reformable. I at least have seen the error of my ways.
            How’s this emoticon now to express my joy of redemption: 🙂

          • who_me May 23, 2012 at 2:40 am #

            “But who_me is busy posting on another thread about butt plugs.”

            don’t be so crude. those are not butt plugs, but gop candidate approval rating contoured, sexual enhancement devices for people with masochistic tendencies.

          • who_me May 23, 2012 at 2:36 am #

            “You first.”

            ok, but what can one say about these sorts of crimes besides a good way to stop them would be to execute the killers in a very slow, intensely painful, totally humiliating and very public way. and probably do the same to at least a few of the killers’ more enthusiastic encouragers.

            but i’m also not a fan of killing people. hmmm….

          • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 2:46 am #

            That’s more like it. Yes!
            Don’t be a sissy (your last line). I have no problem with killing at all, especially the guilty, but I am not fanatical and OC about who buys the farm.
            A few unlucky ones killed at random can teach people that life is sometimes unfair and unpredictable and that when it gets rolling, the bulldozer of justice may crush a few who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. When you need to level a field you cannot worry about crushing a few blades of grass, can ye?

          • who_me May 23, 2012 at 3:28 am #

            “Don’t be a sissy (your last line).”

            sissy! why degrade oneself to their level by becoming a killer when there is new york city one can send them to, instead?

            or dallas.

            or chicago.

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Fine, I’ll kill’em all by myself if you chicken out but leave Chicago alone.
    There’d be a lot less jazz in the world without it. And less laughter (Second City Comedy Club). And no Lendman.

    • who_me May 23, 2012 at 4:15 am #

      “Fine, I’ll kill’em all by myself”

      this is you, isn’t it:

      “but leave Chicago alone. There’d be a lot less jazz in the world without it. And less laughter (Second City Comedy Club). And no Lendman.”

      i never said give them chicago, just ship them there. surely rahm has room in his humble jewish mafia provided abode to house these filicidal f-ups? if not, inking “i killed my kid” on their forehead and dumping them naked in one of the more run down regions should suffice?

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 4:36 am #

      It appears that I won’t have to work so hard. A lot of that task is being done:

      • who_me May 23, 2012 at 4:50 am #

        “A lot of that task is being done”

        but there is no guarantee, many get away. would you be able to live with yourself, knowing that?

  4. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 23, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    I am told the demonstrators against the NATO gathering did a detour to his mansion to chant a few slogans. Although his house was well guarded by the Chicago finest, if he was at home his pants must have been moist.

  5. Jonathon Blakeley May 23, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    My only experience of this is in England but I have never ever heard of British or Jewish people doing “Honour Killings or attacks”.

    Crimes of Passion is another matter entirely and all races and countries seem suffer this. What this is about is Violent crimes motivated by racism and caste or class.

  6. Jonathon Blakeley May 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Asked why she had kept quiet for all those years, she replied: “I think it was not until I went to uni I saw how wrong family life was.

    “When you get used to something, it becomes normal and that’s when I saw it wasn’t normal, really.

    “I think what happened to my sister was wrong but because it’s your parents you think it’s normal because you still love them.

    “I think at uni I did feel the way my sister had – you want to fit in with everyone else but you are still being forced to live in a different way.

    “I think that’s what made me crack.”

  7. happeh May 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Hey Jonathan? You conveniently forgot to mention that the girl is making this all up because she was arrested on robbery charges.

    It is all lies to get out of her jail sentence.

    “Alesha, now 23, told police what happened in August 2010, when she was arrested for her part in a robbery at the family home in Warrington, Cheshire, the court heard.”

  8. Jonathon Blakeley May 25, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    There is no honour with these parents, they are quite simply “Child Murderers”

    ‘Honour killing’ trial: I saw my parents murder Shafilea, says sister
    Teenager was abused and then murdered for refusing forced marriage, jury told


  9. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Murder and all the child abuse that predates it

  10. MohammedCohen May 26, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    The United Nations estimates that some 5,000 “honor killings” take place annually. Women’s and human rights groups believe the number is much higher. Most take place in the Middle East and southwest Asia, but there are also documented cases in Europe, North America, and elsewhere. Some of the cases, religious authorities and history is evident as below:
    1982: Three year old child beaten to death with a wooden bat by his parents, members of an extremist Christian group, to ‘save his soul’.
    1982: 35 Yr Old Welsh preacher Roger Cox of Denbigh prayed with his wife Elizabeth before cutting off his penis and throwing it in the fire. Claiming that the DIY operation was carried out in accordance with St Matthew’s Gospel Chatper. Cox said “I have always desired to serve my Lord as best I can without distraction”. His wife was in prefect agreement to the act.
    1983: Two year old child is spanked to death by parents at Christian commune in public display of religious discipline. Victim Joseph Green
    1983: Decomposed body of 10 year old girl discovered at headquarters of Christian fundamentalist sect who had held praying services for her resurection for several months after they allowed her to die from untreated juvenile diabetes. died of shock after his parents hit him for two hours with a wooden bat.
    1983: Fifty children taken into care from Christian commune where a 12 year old boy was beaten to death in what its leaders claim was punishment by God. The beatings were accomplished with a pickaxe handle and occurred whilst the victim was locked into a kind of wooden stocks. “John’s death was God’s Will’ said one leader. God tells you to put the rod to the children’s back and that is what we are doing”. He insisted that the beatings were necessary for children to enter ‘the Kingdom of God’.
    1985: Methodist minister Emyr Owen a homosexual later found to possess a collection of sado-masochistic pornography was imprisoned by Chester Crown Court for secretly cutting the genitals off corpses of his parishoners which were placed in his care for burial and for threatening to murder a four year old girl. Police found photographs of severed genitals together with knives and surgical implements at Owen’s vicarage. Owen was in charge of severalchapels in North Wales and at one time had been the Chaplain to the High Sherrif of Gwyned. Sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.
    1985: Christian zealot Michael Feeny described by his wife as a ‘religious fanatic’ read from the bible; stabbed her repetitively in a frenzy and leaving her for dead jumped to his death from a bridge on the M23.
    1988: Pentecostal minister Rev John Terry beheaded one of his parishoners and burned down his church with the body in it in an attempt to assume a new identity and disappear with 25,000 of church money.
    1988: Preacher Wilfred Glew sentenced to life at St Albans Crown Court for the unprovoked battering to death of the fiance of a young girl whom he had seduced when she came to him for spiritual guidance.
    1988: Baptist minister Johnathen Hamlin shot his live-in girlfriend dead and then went to church and preached. He was sentenced to 15 years.
    In Israel no civil marriage exists and non-Orthodox marriages performed in the country are not recognized by the state. According to Torah and according to the religious authorities in Israel a widow woman must undergo a religious ceremony known as ‘halitza”. According to the Torah, if a man dies without leaving children, his brother must marry his widow in a ceremony called yibbum.
    A verse from Torah “and the daughter of a Cohen man becomes desecrated through adultery she desecrates her father; she shall be burned in fire [1]”.
    Torah court, called a Beth Din have the authority to impose capital punishment. Torah’s capital punishment for the straying daughter of a Cohen is an honor killing that happen through due process.
    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)
    If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives. (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
    A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)
    If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)
    A priest’s daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)

    They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
    Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. You must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)

  11. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 27, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Lovely collection.

    The only one I do not consider religion related, despite their claims to the contrary is this:
    “Welsh preacher Roger Cox of Denbigh prayed with his wife Elizabeth before cutting off his penis and throwing it in the fire. ….
    His wife was in prefect agreement to the act.”

    Such crushing uxorial disdain for her husband’s manhood reveals an emasculation that must have gone on for a bit.

  12. Jonathon Blakeley June 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Mr Edis read extracts from two poems that Miss Ahmed wrote in the months before her disappearance.

    One included the line: “All they think about is honour. I was just like a normal kid. I just wanted to fit in. But my culture was different. But my family ignored.”

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  13. Jonathon Blakeley July 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Mother accused of murdering Shafilea Ahmed changes her evidence and claims she saw her husband beat the teenager on day she disappeared

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