Trial for the honor killing in the UK

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


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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