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Name of the victim         : Shobha – 22 years.

Murdered person            : Shobha

The accused names       : her brother Mandeep and cousin Ankit.

Name of the place          : Ashok vihar Delhi

Date of the Murder         : 20th June 2010

Assassination : Shobha was just one of the victims in a mass honour killing in Wazirpur in Northern Delhi on 20 June 2010. She was murdered along with her sister Monica and Monica’s boyfriend Kuldeep who Monica had married four years before the attack took place. Shobha is said to have been independent by nature. Instead of conforming to the restrictive limitations placed on her, she liked to push the boundaries a little, taking the bus to MacDonalds or to a nearby mall in the upmarket area near where she lived. Indeed several years before her murder she had disappeared with a man, but had returned home without him. Her friend Deepak, 18, remembered her as “pretty, fun, outgoing”. Monica was more serious, but despite this had eloped to marry Kuldeep (the first from Wazirpur to do so), regardless of his being from a higher caste than hers and despite her parents’ disapproval. Needless to say she was happy with her life, they lived in a rented flat and Kuldeep worked in a call centre.

What made this case different was that older family members were not involved in their murder. They did however contribute to a culture in which murdering a woman who is seen to have tarnished a family’s ‘honour’ goes unquestioned. Shobha and Monica’s brothers, together with a mutual friend planned and committed the murder. It is reported that they were taunted in the street as a result of the perceived ‘dishonour’ of their sisters which goaded them into their barbaric actions.

The spark was when Shobha’s little sister ran away with a man, reportedly aided by Shobha. Together the brothers decided to punish the women in their family, even though Shobha’s elopement had happened years before and Monica and Kudeep were happily married. They firstly went to Monica’s house and shot her and her husband, and then went on to Shobha’s and murdered her as well.

After the killings the three murderers fled, throwing the pistol they used into the Ganges. The murder weapon was later recovered and all three were later arrested.



Arash Ghorbani-Zarin

In November 2004 Arash Ghorbani-Zarin was stabbed to death by his girlfriend’s brothers. The attack had been orchestrated by her father, Chomer Ali, 44 who had recently discovered that his daughter, Manna Begum was pregnant by Arash and wished to ‘vindicate the family’s honour’ by arranging his death.

Mr Ghorbani had been a student at Oxford Brookes University studying electronic engineering and had formed a relationship with Manna Begum, a young woman described as intelligent, independent and strong-minded, who he met through mutual school friends. The pair were devoted to each other, Arash’s close friend James Ware said, “Arash loved Manna unconditionally. They both loved each other.”

However Manna had been dating Arash against the wishes of her father who had promised her to another man. In summing up the relationship between Manna and her father, Mr Justice Gross who presided over the murder trial described a ‘battle of wills’ going on between the pair, the Bangladeshi born father with a strong sense of family honour and taboo, and his British born daughter, in love and pregnant with a man from another community. The older of the brothers Mujibar Rahman, who carried out the attack shared similar sentiments in relation to his sister, but not apply the strict rules that he judged Manna by to himself: he drank, had sex before marriage and enjoyed nights out in Oxford but protested that ‘it was more a matter of shame for Manna than anybody else’. The younger of Mana’s brothers on the other hand had counted himself as a friend of Arash. When Manna ran away from home shortly after an attempted suicide (her father had taken her out of school and confiscated her mobile phone) he accompanied Arash on visits to see her in hiding.

Manna and Arash had ignored her father and brother’s warnings to discontinue their affair. The pair had made no secret of their relationship, holding hands in public and kissing. Shortly before Arash’s murder, the pair had disclosed Manna’s pregnancy, showing friends ultrasounds of their unborn baby. Arash even took up a new job in Toys ‘R’ Us to support the family that he was soon to have.

When her father discovered the news however, he responded by goading his two young sons, Mohammed Mujibar Rahman, 19, and Mamnoor Rahman, 15 into the murder. The brothers accosted him whilst Arash was in his car in an Oxford suburb, and after trapping him by his seatbelt they stabbed him 46 times in the chest.

The two brothers and father were sentenced to life imprisonment. In a statement to the police afterwards, Arash’s father Mr Ghorbani-Zarin said: “Our son was intelligent and loving and had a wonderful lifetime ahead of him. We miss him every second, every minute and every hour of every day. His death has crushed our family. This verdict gives us back some comfort that justice has been done but it does not bring him back.”

Arash’s sister, Sara, 19, said: “There are no words to really describe Arash. He had the type of personality that when someone met him, they immediately fell in love with him.

“I think of him as our sunshine. Without him we only have darkness and desolation.