This is a video about the Shafilea Ahmed Trial in the UK, where Ahmed’s parents are being tried for her “honor” killing on Sept. 11, 2003.
Shafilea was 17 when she disappeared in 2003, but her body was not discovered until February 2004.
Now, eight years later, her parents— Taxi driver Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his wife Farzana, 49— are standing trial for their daughter’s murder, with eye witness testimony describing the death of Ahmed. The eye witness is Shafilea’s younger sister, Alesha, now 23.
Alesha told the court on Tuesday, May 22, how she watched her parents suffocate her sister by forcing a carrier bag into her throat so she couldn’t breathe and placing their hands over her face.
The alleged “honor” killing took place after Shafilea refused to comply with an arranged marriage her parents had set her up with. When her parents realized their daughter would not comply, and wanted to date, they had to do what they thought was “right” and save their family’s honor by killing Shafilea.
The trial continues.
Related articles: The Guardian