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.