A Muslim girl is beaten by her siblings for kissing a white man

According to the Sun, Shamima Akhtar, 18, was thrown into a car and taken home to be beaten by her siblings- Nadiya, 25, Nazira, 29, and Kayum Mohammed-Abdul, 24 – after they found her kissing Gary Pain, a white coworker of Akhtar.

Akhtar began working at Argos and was allowed to celebrate her 18th birthday with her coworkers, after she told her family that they were all female.

Before she left her birthday celebrations, she walked outside with Pain and shared a kiss with him as her siblings were arriving.

Allegedly, her brother grabbed Pain around the neck while Akhtar was thrown into the car.  She comes from a strict Islamist family.

When they arrived home, she was taken to the couch where her family beat her and called her, “whore” and “prostitute.”

The sisters decided to punish her by chopping her hair off to her neck. It used to go down to her waist.

When her siblings went out, Akhtar called the police.

Her siblings deny kidnapping, causing physical harm and assuaulting to Akhtar. Her brother also denies assaulting Pain.

While this is not “honor killing” per say; it is in the same boat.  Akhtar was punished for kissing a man her family would not approve of.  This amounts to dishonoring her family.  Akhtar is extremely lucky to walk away with her life- for many young girls in similar situations are not so lucky.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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