Archive for the ‘Honour Killings’ Category

Samia Shahid: Accused father in ‘honour killing’ case dies

A man accused of being involved in the death of his daughter in Pakistan in an alleged “honour killing” has died.

Samia Shahid, a 28-year-old from Bradford in West Yorkshire, died while visiting relatives in the country in July 2016.

Her father, Chaudhry Muhammad Shahid, 52, had been held as a suspected accessory and was released on bail.

He died on Sunday in a hospital in Lahore, his family confirmed. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Ms Shahid’s first husband Chaudhry Muhammad Shakeel is accused of her murder and is awaiting trial in Pakistan.

Initially it was said Ms Shahid, a beautician, had died of a heart attack but a post-mortem examination found she had been strangled.

After an arranged marriage to her cousin Mr Shakeel broke down, she married Syed Mukhtar Kazam. The couple wed in Leeds in 2014 and moved to Dubai.

Mr Kazam claims his wife was killed because her family disapproved of their marriage.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-42862112

Celine Dookhran trial: Woman given ’10 minutes to live’

A woman who survived an alleged attack by an accused rapist and murderer has described what she thought would be her last moments alive.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a court how Mujahid Arshid, 33, raped her then slashed her neck and wrists with a knife before telling her she had 10 minutes to live.

Mr Arshid is also accused of raping and murdering 20-year-old Celine Dookhran.

He denies all charges.

Ms Dookhran’s body was found “stuffed” inside a chest-high freezer in July 2017 in an empty house in Kingston, south London.

On day three of the trial, the Old Bailey was played a video interview the surviving woman gave from her hospital bed to detectives two days after the attack.

Jurors heard how both women “tried to relate” to Mr Arshid before he took Ms Dookhran, his niece, upstairs.

The woman, in her 20s, described hearing screaming and thudding, before eventually “there was no more noise.”

When the alleged killer emerged he said Ms Dookhran was “sleeping upstairs,” jurors heard.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42750634

Youngsters in Waltham Forest encouraged to use art to tackle extremism online

ASPIRING artists are putting their skills to good use by launching a project to tackle the threat of extremism online.

Arts Against Extremism is a youth-led project aimed at supporting people aged 16 to 21 to become activists, flooding social media with positive messages about their communities.

Created in partnership by the Arts Council, Waltham Forest Council and the Home Office, the project was launched on Saturday October 14 at Centre17 in Church Hill, Walthamstow.

Cllr Sharon Waldron, cabinet member for community safety and cohesion, said the aim is to give every young person in the borough the encouragement to become a “voice for social change”.

Anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) campaigner Hibo Wardere of Walthamstow praised the “pioneering project”.

She said: “It recognises the wider harms of extremism, including FGM, and aims to engage youths in becoming a positive voice that stands up against it. “I will be following the project’s every move online and supporting it wherever I can.”

The launch of the project follows the Home Office’s findings from March 2017 identifying 126,000 tweets containing extremist messages and the rise of ‘fake news’ and ‘trolling’ on social media.

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/15603977.Project_encourages_youngsters_to_use_art_to_tackle_extremism_online/

Killer takes detectives to woodland in TV hunt for body of murdered Teesside mum

Officers say they will never give up the search for Rania Alayed’s body after she was killed by her husband

Police have revealed details of their four-year hunt for the body of a murdered Teesside mother-of-three.

A television documentary this week showed how officers scoured the area the size of two football pitches where they believe Rania Alayed was buried.

They were taken to the spot by her killer – her estranged husband Ahmed Al-Khatib – who explained how he had buried her below the trees in a layby off the A19 .

Convinced they had the right spot, detectives brought in specialist LIDAR technology which searches from the skies for anomalies on the ground.

But despite it picking out 82 potential graves, their searches failed to find the body of the mother – hard to deal with for both officers and the family of Mrs Alayed.

Speaking on the BBC 2 programme The Detectives, Detective Sergeant Ian Shaw said: “Imagine if you build a 5,000 piece jigsaw and there was one piece missing at the end. It’s taken you ages to get there, it’s very intricate but you can’t complete it because it was missing one piece. That’s how a detective feels when you don’t get that last piece of the jigsaw. There are no words to describe how you feel.

“It’s people’s lives we’re talking about.”

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/killer-takes-detectives-woodland-tv-13758715

Girl, 13, ‘one of India’s youngest honour killing victims’ after being ‘beaten to death and set on fire’

A 13-year-old girl is believed to have become one of India’syoungest ever “honour killing” victims after her father allegedly beat her head against a wall and set her on fire because he saw her talking to a boy.

The teenager was beaten and strangled by her father before he set fire to the body and tried to pass off her death as suicide, police in the Nalgonda district of southern India, said.

The girl’s father had noticed his daughter frequently talking to a boy in the Chintapally village where they lived.

He lashed out and killed her on September 15 after he saw her talking to the boy again, hitting her head against a wall before strangling her, police said.

Her mother is then believed to have helped set fire to the body so the parents could make out their daughter’s death was suicide.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/girl-13-becomes-one-of-indias-youngest-honour-killing-victims-after-being-beaten-to-death-and-set-on-a3638771.html

How a nod betrayed dad’s guilt over honour killing of Shafilea Ahmed while his “brutal” wife silently controlled their deception

t was a heartbreaking moment – a mother and father being forced to deny on television that they had anything to do with the disappearance and murder of their 17-year-old daughter.

As they were repeatedly asked about the disappearance of Shafilea Ahmed , Iftikhar and Farzana wiped away tears and resolutely told television cameras they were being victimised and stereotyped because of their religion.

And asked again during a television interview, if they had killed their teenage daughter, Iftikharreplied with an emphatic ‘never’ as his wife sat there silent, presumably overcome by the grief of losing her eldest child.

But there was one problem. As he protested their innocence on camera there was something Iftikhar could not hide – an almost imperceptible nod as he said “never” – his body language betraying the truth he and his wife had worked so hard to hide.

And while Farzana sat silently, motionless, her arms folded and her face impassive, even she could not control every movement. A sideways glance at her husband as he answered the question ‘did you kill her?’ has led to the claim that she may have been the “architect” of their years of deception, by experts analysing their words and movements for the next episode of Faking It: Tears of a Crime on Investigation Discovery.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-nod-betrayed-dads-guilt-11074763

HONOUR CRIMES What is an honour killing and what happened in Kingston?

A MAN, 33, has appeared in court after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found in a fridge in a London home following a suspected honour killing.

But what are honour killings and how common are they in the UK?

What is an honour killing?

Honour killings are committed within families or social groups with the purpose of controlling behaviour, reports the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network (HBVAN).

Such murders are carried in the name of protecting cultural beliefs or honour.

Those targeted are believed to have shamed their family or community.

Reasons given for this can include refusing an arranged marriage, entering a relationship with someone disapproved of, renouncing faith and behaving or dressing in a way thought to be inappropriate.

Both men and women can be victims of honour killings, although women are more commonly targeted.

The HBVAN stresses that there is little scriptural support for honour killings in any major religion, and it has been roundly condemned by several high status religious leaders.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4091357/honour-killing-kingston/

Two men charged over suspected ‘honour killing’ of teenager whose body was found in London fridge

Two men have been charged in connection with the suspected “honour killing” of a teenager whose body was found in a fridge.

The Metropolitan Police said a 33-year-old man has been charged with the murder, rape and kidnap of the 19-year-old woman.

He is further charged with the rape, attempted murder and with the kidnap of a second victim, a woman aged in her 20s.

A second man, aged 28, has been charged with the kidnap of both the 19-year-old woman and the woman aged in her 20s.

The body of the teenager was found inside a fridge at a house in Kingston three hours after she was reported missing along with the older woman last Wednesday.

Police said the women may have been forced to go to the address by a man they both knew before being subjected to a “violent attack”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/kingston-teenage-woman-19-fridge-body-london-two-men-charged-honour-killing-murder-rape-kidnapping-a7856251.html

Teenager’s body found in fridge in suspected London honour killing

Detectives are investigating the murder of a young woman in a possible so-called honour killing.

The body of the woman, who was believed to be 19, was found at a house in Kingston, London, just three hours after she was reported missing along with another woman, who is believed to be in her twenties.

Police said the pair may have been forced to go to the address by a man they both knew before being subjected to a “violent attack”

The older woman managed to escape to get help and was admitted to a south London hospital with stab and slash wounds on Wednesday evening before police went to the house in Coombe Lane West.

Referring to reports the victim had been found “cut up in a fridge”, the Metropolitan Police insisted the dead woman was discovered “intact” at around 8pm.

Asked if police were looking into whether the murder was being treated as a so-called honour killing, the Met said detectives are keeping an “open mind”.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/honour-killing-young-girl-19-years-old-dead-fridge-stab-wounds-honour-killing-investigation-kingston-a7853216.html

National Day of Remembrance for Honour Killing – 14th July 2017

The Halo Project Charity remembers all those who lost their lives in the nam of honour. Working in partnership with the PCC Cleveland, survivors, staff and volunteers help release balloons in memory of those who were brutally murdered.

 

Quote from Yasmin Khan – Director Halo Project

“A day to remember those murdered in the name of honour is bestowed upon us this Friday 14th July 2017 . Shafilea Ahmed’s birthdate is now a reminder for us all to raise the awareness of honour based abuse and recognise women whose lives are tragically ended at the hands of those who they called their family. We must work together and encourage victims to come forward and take necessary action against perpetrators.  Let us remember today,  those who lost their lives in the name of honour, let us not forget our duty to protect”.

#breakthesilence @halo_project #WeRemember

 

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