Posts Tagged ‘honour based violence’

Rania Alyed

Rania Alyed was born in Palestine but fled to Syria as a refugee. At the age of 16 she married Ahmed Al-Khatib. In 2005 the pair travelled to the UK for a better life, where they settled in Manchester. Though the marriage was fine at first, it increasingly became abusive. Ahmed would beat her, raped her, and sometimes tried to throttle her, accusing her of cheating on him with every man they encountered. This was exacerbated by Rania attending college to study English, talking to male and female friends on social media and wearing makeup: creating for herself a life apart from his and integrating with the community.

Eventually in 2013 after being raped yet again by Ahmed, Rania left the family home with their three children, fleeing to a homeless refuge for sanctuary. She proceeded to live with her children in their own flat, and sought court orders barring him from seeing the children, aged nine, seven and two.

Five months later Ahmed murdered her. After luring her to his brother’s house in Salford it is thought that he smothered her, and went to great lengths to make it seem that she was still alive, posting on her behalf on social media sites and leaving the murder scene dressed in his wife’s clothes. With the help of his two brothers he then took the body and buried it in a copse near a lay by on the A19 in North Yorkshire.

As defence for his actions Ahmed Al-Khatib pleaded madness, that his wife had come to him as a Jinn (evil spirit) and he had pushed her away in self defence. The judge however took this as an offence to the memory of Rania, who had suffered years of domestic abuse and convicted him of ‘pre planned honour killing’, sentencing him to 20 years in prison.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Reade, of Greater Manchester Police noted, ‘’Al-Khatib’s murderous actions were motivated by his outrage and jealousy that Rania would attempt to take control of her own life and live a more westernised life, after suffering years of abuse at his hands.’’

“His male ‘pride’ clearly couldn’t take a strong woman trying to determine her own fate, so he carried out one final act that would ensure she could never defy him again. The irony is that this horrific act of self-pity has brought nothing but shame on him and his family,” he said.




Ahmed Bashir

In 1996 Ahmed Bashir, 21 was murdered in Hounslow, West London on being discovered to be in a relationship with Nighat Afsar, 20. Her brothers discovered the affair after Ahmed refused to give back her car and Nighat was forced to confess. In response, they accosted Ahmed outside his home and stabbed him 43 times, mainly in the groin. They then pressurised Nighat to return to Pakistan, where she had been forced into an arranged marriage and threatened to kill her as well. She later fled and returned to the UK.

The brothers both received a life sentence. One of the brothers Asfhar was already serving another life sentence for a previous murder at the time of the attack.




Sajjad Ahmed and Muawia Bibi

Sajjad Ahmed, 26 and Muawia Bibi, 18 eloped and married in a Pakistani court against the wishes of their family. In response Bibi’s family lured the couple back to her village where they decapitated the young couple. The family turned themselves into the police and the perpetrators were imprisoned.



Farzana Parveen

In a shocking case of honour violence Farzana Parveen, 30 was murdered outside a court room in Lahore with police and members of the public looking on. It was alleged that her family were angered at her decision to marry Muhummed Iqbal without their approval and claimed that she had been kidnapped and coerced into marriage. She was killed just before the hearing in which Farzana was due to testify against her father’s assertion. In an attack which lasted roughly 15 minutes and during which none of the onlookers attempted to intervene, about a dozen of Farzana’s family members became engaged with a scuffle with members of Iqbal’s family. During the course of the attack Farzana was beaten with bricks and killed. Her husband managed to escape. Farazana was pregnant at the time.


It later transpired that Iqbal had smothered his first wife six years earlier so that he could marry Farzana. He told Agence France-Presse “I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love.” Instead of being sentenced for murder, he was released after a ‘compromise’ with the family indicating the sad leniency and disregard in which the murder was held.


Four of the assailants, including her father have been sentenced to death, though many have commented that it is likely that their sentences will be reduced on appeal.


Bhavana Yadav

Bhavana Yadav, a final year student in Sanskrit Honours at Delhi University was killed by her family for choosing to marry outside her caste. In November 2014 Bhavana had married Abhishek Seth, an assistant programmer at the Cabinet Secretariat who she had met through mutual friends a year earlier. On learning of the marriage, Bhavana’s family immediately disapproved, citing the fact that the pair belonged to different castes.

Initially, Bhavana’s family told her new husband that all would be well following a ‘proper’ marriage ceremony, though the marriage had already been registered in court. Abhishek agreed that Bhavana could return home ‘as their family prestige was at stake’ but her return was met with torture. She managed to run away but her parents again took her back and this time decided to kill her, beating her, strangling her and taking her body to be cremated in their village.

When Abhishek learnt of his wife’s death he rushed to the police station. The family initially denied the murder, putting it down to a snakebite, but confessed on interrogation.




Noor Faleh Almaleki

Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, USA

She wanted what every girl wanted. To look and feel beautiful, to get a degree, a job, settle down with the man she loved. But her ordinary hopes were to her father – rebelliousness.

Noor and her family had moved from Iraq to the US and settled in suburban Pheonix in 1990’s. When Noor made the decision to live with her boyfriend, instead of conform to her family’s pressure for arranged marriage, tensions arose between her father Faleh Hassan Almaleki and Noor. On October 20, 2009 in an Arizona parking lot Noor’s father attempted to run over his daughter and the mother of her boyfriend Amal Edan Khalaf, 43, with his 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Noor spent two weeks in coma fighting for her life, but died as a result of the injuries she suffered.

Following the incident Almaleki had fled across the border to Mexico, then to London. He was subsequently caught, extradited and charged with two counts of aggravated assault but was acquitted of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted-murder charges at the time. Before the 20-year-old died, prosecutor Stephanie Low told a Maricopa County court that, “By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame upon him and his family.”

Faleh Almaleki said he was angry that Noor had become “too Westernized” and “rebellious”. Prosecutors claimed the 50-year-old Muslim man committed an “honor killing” because his daughter had dishonored him by living with her boyfriend and his mother.

In February 2011, Almaleki was found guilty of second degree murder of his daughter and aggravated assault for seriously injuring Amal Edan Khalaf.

Noor was always known to be a loving and cheerful young woman. Described by friends as ‘never complaining’ and ‘patient’ and having a beautiful spirit. May she have found an abode where she wouldn’t have to run away, or be anyone else, but herself…

Unable are the loved to die.  For love is immortality.
~Emily Dickinson



Fadime Sahindal

Fadime Sahindal, 26, Sweden.

Fadime Şahindal moved to Sweden from Turkey at the age of seven. She took to Swedish culture and was opposed to her family’s insistence on an arranged marriage.

She was 26 when her father killed her. Several years before Fadime appeared in the media and talked openly about her family’s struggles to integrate into Swedish culture and the problems she faced growing up.

She had left home at one point to live with her boyfriend. Fadime’s boyfriend Patrick died in a car crash the day they were to move in together.

She was stalked by her father and brother who threatened to kill her so she went to the police who advised her to talk to her family. She then turned to the media with her story which gained the nation’s sympathy in 1998. By going to the media Fadime managed to receive support from the Swedish authorities, but she had also made the “shame” of her family public.

A Kurdish-Swedish parliamentarian negotiated a compromise in which Şahindal agreed to stay away from Uppsala where her family lived and her boyfriend was buried in exchange for her father promising not to stalk her.

On the 20th of November 2001 the Violence Against Women Network arranged a seminar about the topic “Integration on who’s terms?”.  Click the link to find the speech held by Fadime Sahindal at the Swedish Parliament during the seminar.

She tells the detailed story of her father’s disapproval of her relationship with her Swedish boyfriend, Patrick and her wish to help other ethnic minority women in similar situations.

On 21 January 2002, Fadime was secretly visiting her mother and sisters in Uppsala. Her father, Kurdish immigrant Rahmi Sahinhal, arrived and shot her in the head, in front of her mother and two sisters. Confronted by police, he confessed and said to his defence that he was ill.

Fadime’s murder sparked a debate in Sweden about immigrant integration and also raised questions regarding her boyfriend Patrick’s death.

When he was in court in 2002, charged with Fadime’s killing, Rahmi confessed to the murder.  He said his daughter was a “whore” and claimed he had to kill her for family “honour”

Following her death successive governments have launched programs to combat honour based violence in Sweden. Commemorations are held around Sweden marking the anniversary of Fadime’s death.

Fadime was buried in Uppsala.



Swirls of your hair,

They catch the last rays of the dusking sun,

And holds it around you.


Glowing amber light.

A warmth of fire in your eyes,

From courage mustered

Through the trails of time.


Dear one,

How you must have held dear to Love,

Protecting it like the warrior you are.

For you are the true warrior,

Defending love’s existence,

A voice for it to be freed.


Lovers saw in you, purpose.

You are its purpose, oh True Martyr of Love.












Surjit Athwal

Surjit Athwal, 28, UK.

Surjit Kaur Athwal sought to end an unhappy marriage by divorce. In 1998 her mother-in-law and husband took her to India under false pretences where she was killed. She had two children.  Her husband and mother in law have been convicted of her murder.  Surjit’s 70 year old mother-in-law Bachan Kaur Athwal was given a minimum of 20 years in prison, while her 43-year-old son and Surjit’s husband Sukhdave Athwal will not be eligible for parole for 27 years.

This landmark trial and sentencing was the result of more than eight years of constant, tireless campaigning by Surjit’s brother Jagdeesh Singh along with the excellent work of DCI Clive Driscoll and DC Palbinder Singh of Metropolitan Police, who led Surjit’s investigation and brought it to a successful criminal prosecution.

Judge Giles Forrester described the murder as “unspeakable”, saying: “This was a heinous crime characterised by great wickedness. “There was no motive worthy of the name. You did it because you thought she had brought shame on your family. “You decided that the so-called honour of your family was worth more than the life of this young woman.”


In the palm of her hands

Lay white flowers freshly picked

Along their morning dew,

Bathed in your name.

The nightingale tonight will sing,

The melody of the earth being just

For once.

Rain dances with the red earth,

For those who stood by your innocence.

For those who stood again the hate,

Who stood by you.


Honor is for those who stand unbroken in the name of justice.

It is for them , as for you…the earth rejoices.





Samaira Nazir

Samaira Nazir, 25, UK.

Educated and strong-willed, Samaira Nazir wanted to live and love freely without fear.

Samaira studied travel and tourism at Thames University, and while running the family’s recruitment agency, she fell in love with Afghan immigrant, Salman Mohommed. For several years, the couple worked together and kept their relationship a secret. Salman told jurors during the trial “we were as boyfriend and girlfriend for about five or six years. But we couldn’t tell her family because Samaira said her father was a very strict man who would not allow any female in his family to marry outside of his circle and tribe. We had discussed marriage. Samaira wanted to tell her family herself.”

Samaira’s family was offended by her rejections of Pakistani suitors for her arranged marriage, so when she and Salman announced their engagement, tempers within Saimaira’s family escalated dangerously. “Her father was very upset and said I was only after their money,” Salman told jurors. Enraged by the news, Samaira’s father lunged at Salman with a knife.

In April 2005, Samaira was summoned to her parent’s house in Southall, Middlesex. Standing by her decision and love she was ready to confront the family. What started as a heated argument turned into a brutal attack, as Samaira was held down and stabbed repeatedly by her father, cousin and brother.  A neighbor heard the commotion and banged on the front door, but was sent away by Samaira’s father, who claimed his daughter was simply having a fit.

Samaira broke free from her attackers and tried to escape. Only her blood-covered arm made it through the front door before she was dragged back into the house by her hair. Bleeding from 18 stab wounds, Samaira continued to fight for her life. Samaira was heard from outside the home shouting “You are not my mother anymore!” A silk scarf was then tied around her neck, and her throat was slit three times. Police found Samaira drenched with blood in the home along with her traumatized, blood-splattered two and four-year-old nieces. Police believe that the girls were ordered to watch as a warning to them of what happens to disobedient women.

In July 2006, Samaira’s brother and cousin were sentenced to life in prison. Her father was also charged, but he fled to Pakistan and is still in hiding. Charges against Samaira’s mother were dropped.

After the trial Nazir Afzal of the Crown Prosecution Service, said “Samaira was murdered because she loved the wrong person, in her family’s eyes. It was an ‘honour killing’ to protect the perceived status of the family, to mark their disapproval. We hope the investigation and prosecution will deter others who may wish to harm family members because of practices that are as tragic as they are outdated.”


Love is grace,

Love is glory,

Love is her eyes when they meet his.

Love is when the heart speaks,

And the mind whispers,


of God and beauty.

Love is her kindness,

Love is her light,

Love is the synchronized breathing

Of two birds in flight,

Love is being set free,

From the chains that binds thee.

Dearest…. Love will be waiting for you,

With outstretched arms and big open hearts.

Love will be waiting for you,

when justice speaks, and truth is heard.

Love is waiting.




Sarah & Amina Said

Amina Said 18 and her sister Sarah 17, USA.

Young, teenage love seems an innocent part of growing-up in the United States, but for Amina and Sarah Said, having American,  high school sweethearts was deadly.

Sarah and Amina were model students, smart, athletic, beautiful, fun and ambitious. The girls were on the honor roll and planned to become doctors. These sisters’ bright smiles and attitudes fooled most teachers and peers, but closer friends saw right through their facade, noticing welts, bruises and fear. Amina once had imprints of her braces cut into her lips after her father, Yaser Said, kicked her. She was denied medical attention as it would likely lead to a child abuse investigation.Yaser was already known for his abusive tendencies. He beat his wife and kids and molested his daughters when they were little.

The girls were forbidden at an early age to have boyfriends. Yaser threatened them many times and planned to marry-off his daughters after high school graduation to suitors he picked from his home town in Egypt. Amina was awarded a scholarship to attend Texas A&M. When she asked her father when she would be able to attend college once married, he told her when/if her husband allowed.

Yasar was becoming more enraged by his daughters’ westernized ways, from their attitudes and aspirations to their tastes in clothing and music. When he found out Amina had a serious boyfriend during Christmas of 2007, he pulled a gun on the girls. When Yaser learned that Sarah had a boyfriend, too, tensions rose so high that Patricia Yaser, the girls’ mother, hid them away in another state with their boyfriends.

Yaser manipulated Patricia to lure his daughters back home. When Amina figured-out the ploy, she refused to meet with her father and stayed with friends. Sarah obeyed and promised to break-up with her boyfriend. On New Year’s Day, Amina agreed to meet her family for tea. Her father, a taxi driver, picked-up Sarah and Amina in his cab and pulled a gun on them. Amina died instantly after two gunshots shattered her spinal cord. Sarah, however, had a longer and more frightening death. She was shot nine times and attempted to make a 911 emergency call on her cell before Yaser finished her off. The sisters were found dead in the parked taxi at a hotel.

Yaser Said fled the country and is still at large, leaving a home torn by hate and two dead daughters whose lives were cut short by the blind rage of a dishonorable father. The ultimate betrayal of a parent against his own children.


Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow.

~Benjamin Disraeli



Heshu Yones

Heshu Yones, 16, UK.

Abdullah Yones, began a life sentence in October 2003 for the murder of his 16-year-old daughter, Heshu a year earlier.

Heshu Yones was 16 when her father discovered she had a relationship with a classmate. He attempted to force her to marry a cousin in Kurdistan, and subjected her to virginity testing.

It was the first time in British legal history that a plea of ‘honour killing’ had been entered.

Abdullah said he stabbed Heshu to death at their West London home, because he feared she was becoming westernised.

The Metropolitan police subsequently set up a task force in a bid to increase understanding and awareness of this complex cultural issue though it was too late for women like Yones.

Heshu, who was described as popular and fun-loving, planned to run away from home after starting a relationship with an 18-year-old Lebanese boy.  In a letter to her parents, Heshu wrote:

“Bye Dad, sorry I was so much trouble. Me and you will probably never understand each other, but I’m sorry I wasn’t what you wanted, but there’s some things you can’t change. Hey, for an older man you have a good strong punch and kick. I hope you enjoyed testing your strength on me, it was fun being on the receiving end. Well done.”

Abdullah stabbed his daughter Heshu 11 times and then slit her throat with a kitchen knife. Heshu took 15 minutes to bleed to death.



Gülsüm Semin

Gülsüm Semin, 20, Germany.

20-year-old ethnic Kurdish woman, Gülsüm was strangled with a clothes line and clubbed to death in March 2009.

Her brother confessed to the crime. Germans have been outraged at a recent series of execution-style honour killings of young women by immigrant families.

The murder of Gülsüm, 20, on a lonely country road one month ago had been made to look as it were a robbery, said police in Kleve, near the Dutch border, as they announced the arrest and remand in custody of the victim’s brother and father.  Prosecutors said Gülsüm was lured by a false story to the side road near the small town of Rees on March 2. Her sibling, who was also a triplet to Gülsüm, allegedly choked her unconscious with a clothes line.  She was then clubbed to death.  Although the brother admitted to the killing, the father denied the charge of joint murder, police said.

Police said the family had attempted to force Gülsüm into a planned marriage and then discovered she was not a virgin and that she had undergone one or more abortions.


Ayman Udas

Ayman Udas, Pakistan.

Ayman Udas, a rising female vocalist in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, was shot to death at her home, by her own brothers on April 27th 2009

Her death rattled the city’s jittery artistic community, as local musicians and dancers in Peshawar — a city renowned for its vibrant artistic life — face increasing pressure as the region falls under greater Taliban influence.

Some attributed Udas’s death to the Islamist militants, but her husband told reporters that his wife was killed because she broke family traditions.

A beautiful woman in her early 30s and mother of two, Udas recently remarried after a divorce. Her two brothers, Alamgir and Ismail, disapproved of her divorce, remarriage, and her artistic career, all of which disgrace a family’s name in conservative Islamic society.

The honor killing, an ancient tradition in which a male family member kills a female to “save” the family name and reputation took place on April 27 at the family’s home while Udas’s husband was out picking up milk. He immediately took the case to the authorities, who have made no arrests but raided several locations in search of the suspected killers.

Ayman  had recently given her first television appearance.  In one of her more popular songs, “Mra shum ashna khu pa jwando ki usam, janana sta pa waswaso ki usa,” she sings about the importance of courage, even to the point of defying death.

Her death “is absolutely unacceptable,” Ahmad Ali Adil of the University of Peshawar told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan, calling the crime “a murder of humanity.” He said that unless society changes, several other female performers will face similar problems.

Meanwhile, artists are coming under direct threat in Taliban-controlled areas. In January, a dancer’s bullet-ridden body was left in the center of Swat Valley’s capital of Mingora — not far from where Udas grew up — with a note warning locals that “un-Islamic voices” will no longer be tolerated.

Ayman, a creative and talented woman, a promising poet, lyricist, singer and performer will be greatly missed.


A poem rose

From somewhere between the cracks of pain

Like a green stem rising upwards to the embrace the sun

Despite the arid desert harshness,

That does not allow one to breathe.


There was no rain,

But the words of that poem fell like rain,

As breaths of respite to the lost and lonely,

As glimpses of hope to hearts finding courage,

As a voice guiding wanderers back to God’s presence.


That lone stem called upon the clouds to release,


To release love,

upon a world starved of love.


You are that poem dearest,

And this harsh Earth released you free of form,

To rain down as freedom,

To defy hate in acts of courage,

So that our hearts will be strengthened

To set love free

As you are.


You are Earth’s poem.





Sazan Bajez-Abdullah

Sazan Bajez-Abdullah, 24, Germany.

In Munich, Germany, Iraqi-born Kazim Mahmud Raschid, killed his ex-wife, Sazan Bajez-Abdullah, in late 2006.

On 25th of October 2006, Sazan’s divorce from Kazim Mahmud Raschid was finalised. He had beaten her so much during their marriage that the police had obtained a restraining order against him.

The same day, he killed her for the dishonour of divorce in the busy Maier Leibnitz street. He stabbed her 13 times poured gasoline over her, as she lay wounded he set her on fire. Residents from balconies threw down water, those on the street tried salvaging her body with wet cloth and attempted to shield her two year old son to safety. A criminal investigator, nearby  arrested Kazim straight away on hearing the commotion.

The following year, during his trial, Kazim admitted to planning the act. “I wanted to kill her. If I do this, I am a man”.

Kazim Mahmud Raschid is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.

Randa Abdel Qader

Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, Iraq.

17-year-old Rand Abdel-Qader, ‘a student of English at Basra University, met Paul, a 22-year-old soldier posted to southern Iraq in late 2007.

Her father, a government employee, Sergeant Ali Jabbar, killed her on 16th March 2008 after discovering she had been seen in public talking to Paul. Her body was then tossed into a makeshift grave without ceremony as her uncles spat on it in disgust.

Jabbar was initially arrested but released after two hours. He said, police congratulated him on what he had done:-

‘They are men and know what honour is…I don’t have a daughter now, and I prefer to say that I never had one. That girl humiliated me in front of my family and friends. Speaking with a foreign solider, she lost what is the most precious thing for any woman..’I have only two boys from now on. That girl was a mistake in my life. I know God is blessing me for what I did.  My sons are by my side, and they were men enough to help me finish the life of someone who just brought shame to ours.’

Rand’s mother, Leila has divorced her husband and begun working for a women’s group to help others like Rand. She is in hiding as she receives threats from her former husband and her two sons who send letters to her relatives that she’s a prostitute for seeking a divorce. She has spoken to the international media:-

‘I would prefer to be killed than sleep in the same bed with a man who was able to do what he did to his own daughter, who, over the years, had only given him unconditional love.’

She said Ali used his feet to press down hard on his own daughter’s throat until she was suffocated. Then he called for a knife and began to cut at her body. All the time he was calling out that his honour was being cleansed.

‘I just couldn’t stand it. I fainted.’ recalled Leila. ‘I woke up in a blur later with dozens of neighbours at home and the local police.’

‘He asked if it was true that she was having an affair with a British soldier. She started to cry. She was nervous so he got hold of her hair and started thumping her again and again.

‘I screamed and called out for her two brothers so they could get their father away from her. But, instead of saving her they helped him end her life,’ she said.

He has contacts inside the Basra government and it wasn’t hard for him to be released and what he did to be forgotten.

In the same year Rand was murdered, 133 women were killed in Basra – 47 of them for so-called ‘honour killings’, according to the Basra Security Committee. Out of those 47 cases there were only three convictions for murder.

‘She was killed by animals. Every night when go to bed I remember the face of Rand calling for help while her father and brothers ended her life. Rand told me about the soldier, but she swore it was just a friendship. She said she spoke with him because she was the only English speaker. I raised her in a religious manner and she never went out alone until she joined the university and then later when she was doing aid work.’

Rand’s mother used to call her ‘Rose’. ‘That was my nickname for her because when she was born she was so beautiful,’ she said.

‘Now, my lovely Rose is in her grave. But, God will make her father pay, either in this world … or in the world after.’

Naziat Khan

Naziat Khan, UK.

Naziet Khan had been married for 16 years when she was murdered in 2001 at her home in Streatham, South London after requesting a divorce from her abusive husband. The marriage had been arranged and was unhappy, Zafar Iqbal would beat her and didn’t contribute financially to the upkeep of their four children. Eventually Naziat became sick of the situation and threw him out to look after the family alone. When she filed for a divorce Zafar decided to right what he perceived to be a slight on his honour. In front of his three daughters (he had arranged a trip to Bradford for his son) he proceeded to strangle Naziat, telling the three girls that they would be next if they told anyone. He then removed the jewellery from his dead wife’s body, dropped his children at a friend’s house and fled the country. The mother’s body was found by the older brother when he returned from his trip.

It is rumoured that Zafar Iqbal is living in his home village near the city of Rawalpindi in Pakistan but due to there being no extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan the police have thus far failed to bring him to justice. His daughters and the women’s campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera have been campaigning to have him brought back to the UK to face trial.

“We loved our mum so much. She didn’t deserve what happened to her and to think her killer is still out there is too painful for words.”



Amandeep Kaur Dhillon

Amandeep Kaur Dhillon, 22, Canada.

A 48-year-old Indian Canadian man has been jailed for life by a city court for killing his daughter-in-law for allegedly having an affair with another man.

Kamikar Singh Dhillon, who pleaded guilty to stabbing Amandeep Kaur, 22, to death Jan 1, 2009, said he feared his daughter-in-law would leave his son for another man with whom she was allegedly having an affair.

The young woman, who came to Canada from Isru village near Ludhiana after marrying Dhillon’s son in 2005, was stabbed multiple times with a knife in the family-run grocery store near Toronto airport.

The victim, who had an 18-month-old son, died after suffering multiple wounds to her face, head, throat and upper body. Her body was found in the washroom of the grocery store.

Dhillon, who comes from Saharan Majra village near Ludhiana, justified the murder, saying that his daughter-in-law would have disgraced his family by leaving his son for another man.

All he said in Punjabi during the verdict Friday was: “I am just sorry…I am guilty.”

“He wanted the police to tell the media that he was justified in killing the deceased (because) of the imminent disgrace to his family name,” the court heard.

Dhillon told police that his daughter-in-law even offered to have sex with him but he refused. But investigations found no evidence of Kaur’s alleged affair with another man or her offer to have sex with Dhillon.

Initially, when police reached the spot after the murder, Dhillon tried to mislead them by telling them his daughter-in-law had been kidnapped by five masked black men. He also inflicted stab injuries on himself to tell the cops that he too was attacked by the masked men.

A source familiar with the family told IANS: “The girl’s family in Punjab fell victim to their craze to send their daughter to Canada even though Dhillon’s son is not mentally fit. Once Kaur came here after marriage to his son, Dhillon attempted to exploit her. But when she got her permanent residence and started asserting herself, he stabbed her and spread the lies that she was involved with another man.”


Profile of the victim         : Amandeep Kaur Dhillon, 22 The young woman, who came to Canada from Isru village near Ludhiana after marrying Dhillon’s son in 2005,

Date of marriage              : in 2005

Murdered person              : Amandeep Kaur Dhillon


The accused                       : Her father in law Kamikar Singh Dhillon
Place of Murder               : Canada


Date of Murder                 : 1st Jan 2009


Assassination : Kamikar Singh Dhillon, who pleaded guilty to stabbing Amandeep Kaur, 22, to death Jan 1, 2009, said he feared his daughter-in-law would leave his son for another man with whom she was allegedly having an affair.

The victim, who had an 18-month-old son, died after suffering multiple wounds to her face, head, throat and upper body. Her body was found in the washroom of the grocery store.

Dhillon, who comes from Saharan Majra village near Ludhiana, justified the murder, saying that his daughter-in-law would have disgraced his family by leaving his son for another man.

All he said in Punjabi during the verdict Friday was: “I am just sorry…I am guilty.”

“He wanted the police to tell the media that he was justified in killing the deceased (because) of the imminent disgrace to his family name,” the court heard.










Sabia Rani

Sabia Rani, UK.

Sabia Rani, was only 19 when she was found dead in the home she shared with her husband and in-laws in Oakwood, Leeds in England in 2006. She had been in the UK for 5 months and the family claimed they found her dead in the bath and told policemen and courtrooms they believed black magic killed her.

However the investigation into her death revealed she was repeatedly attacked over a three-week period, suffering bruising over 90% of her body, which included at least 15 fractures in 10 fractured ribs.

Shazad Khan, her husband, was convicted of murdering her and after his trial police arrested and charged her mother-in-law Phullan Bibi, sisters-in-law Nazia Naureen, Uzma Khan and her husband Majid Hussain for turning a blind eye towards their brother’s behaviour.

Professor Christopher Milroy a pathologist of 16 years said Sabia’s injuries were worse than those suffered by victims of road traffic accidents and that she would have been suffering illness and severe trauma for the last 3 weeks of her life. However, the family claimed they saw no injuries on her body and didn’t realise she was in pain.

Sabia had left school at 13 to help look after  her siblings in the village of Palak, in the Mirpur district of Pakistan. When she arrived in Britain, she had  no grasp of English, knew no one else apart from her husband’s family and never went out alone. Her home was in fact her prison.

Shazad Khan eventually admitted to police he was unhappy to find that she did not place fresh sandwiches in his lunch box, which he left in the kitchen at the family home, or when she did produce sandwiches, she had failed to establish that he was off work the following day, which also angered him.

He complained to police that Sabia found the smallest tasks including grocery shopping or knowing how to apply make-up –  difficult.  Khan said in his police interview that this irritated him, as did Sabia’s failure to fit in with his family.

Roshni Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre wants to get more help for women who arrive in this country as spouses of British citizens and suffer domestic violence but get no help from public bodies.

Tasleem Solangi

Tasleem Solangi, 17, Pakistan.

Tasleem Solangi was 17 when she was killed. The reasons behind her murder and what actually happened to her are murky. It seems that she had been put in a dangerous position between two warring sides of her family in Pakistan. Being married to her first cousin (possibly to smooth family relations) she was vulnerable to her uncle Zamir Solangi, who had been pressurising her father into handing over his small farm.

Tasleem was murdered by her husband on the pretext of Karo-Kari, that her honour had been compromised by an affair with a wealthy man in their village. This story has been charged with being a fabrication however, invented by the local tribal council to mask their involvement in the land grab perpetuated by her uncle.

In the 5 months of marriage leading up to her death, Tasleem was beaten repeatedly by her husband. Though unconfirmed (the court related that articles which could verify this information had been misplaced), it was reported that in March 2008 Tasleem was forced to abort the baby she was carrying and was released to dogs who mauled her, while her father, imprisoned in a room nearby was forced to watch. When she collapsed exhausted, she was shot by her husband with a pistol.

After her death, her husband and four others who collaborated in her murder were imprisoned. Meanwhile, her uncle and another conspirator fled. When police arrived to find them missing, they demolished the houses of the accused (despite the women members of their families still living there) as ‘punishment’ instead.





Saira Bano

Saira Bano, shot to death, May 1, 2009

A teenage girl was killed by her brother, as she eloped with a non-Muslim man. The case was reported at the Mehmoodabad police limits. The accused brother and girl’s beloved are in police custody.

Saira Bano, 19, was shot dead by her brother in Mehmoodabad police limits. The SHO, Mehmoodabad, Aurangzeb Khattak, said that the incident was reported in Chanesar Goth, Mehmoodabad and Saira Bano was killed by her younger brother, Imran aged 15.

Imran, after committing the murder, surrendered to the police with the weapon he used to kill his sister. Later, on Friday morning, deceased Bano’s lover, Shahzad, also got himself arrested.SHO Khattak said that on April 28, 2009, Bano’s paretns visited the police station and registered an FIR claiming that their daughter was kidnapped and nominated Shahzad in the FIR. In their complaint, they stated that Bano was in a relationship with Shahzad and on the morning of April 26, she went out for some work, but did not return.

They led a search of her during which it transpired that Bano was seen with Shahzad and that he along with his friends had kidnapped their daughter. Fearing an arrest, Shahzad produced himself before the police.

While investigating the murder incident, it was found that on Friday morning, Bano called home and talked to her mother expressingher desire to return home. The mother agreed.

However, as Bano reached home she was beaten up by her father.

In the meantime, Bano’s younger brother came and started arguing with her and suddenly he whipped out his handgun, fired a single shot into Bano’s head and killed her.

Afterwards, the police reached the house and conducted legal formalities and lodged a case. Imran, in his statement to the police, said that he had killed his sister because she had eloped with a non-Muslim.


Vratika, 20, India.

The father has turned out to be the killer of the girl who was found dead near her house on October 18 2010 in Dairy Mohalla colony of Rohtak. The victim, Vratika, 20, was a student of MA (English) in Maharshi Dayanand University here and was having an affair with a boy.

The Rohtak police said that girl’s father Randhir Singh, who works as an insurance agent in Delhi, has confessed to have strangulated her daughter to death on the night of October 17 2010 when he found the girl talking to her boyfriend over mobile phone. To mislead the police and create a different scene, the accused first tore girl’s clothes and then threw her body in the backyard of the house from the housetop.

Shockingly, the deceased’s family had suspected the role of her uncle Chand Ram (Randhir’s elder brother) in the death of girl, alleging that she could have been raped before being killed. Though the police registered a case of rape and murder under section 302 and 376 IPC against Chand Ram and unidentified accomplices on the basis of their statement, they continued with the probe and interrogated the girl’s father.

Rohtak SSP B Satheesh Balan told TOI that father spotted his daughter talking to someone over mobile phone at the terrace of the house when he went out of his room to answer the nature’s call around 11pm. He went upstairs and inquired as to what she was doing, she lied that she was listening to music on phone. However, he got suspicious and checked details of the phone. “The girl then disclosed her love affair and expressed her wish to marry the same boy which enraged the father. He strangulated her and flunged her from the terrace to her death”, police official informed on the basis of disclosure made by the accused.

” Randhir Singh has disclosed that his wife woke up on hearing a thud sound as the girl plunged to her death but he said that a brick has fallen. He even did not reveal the incident to other family members and went to join duty the next day”, informed the city police station SHO Ramesh Alwadi, adding that they were doubtful about the role of father from the beginning who broke down after being confronted with certain proofs.

Palestina Isa

Palestina Isa, 16, USA


Sixteen-year-old Palestina (Tina) Isa was murdered by her father, Zein Isa, with the aid of her mother, Maria Isa, in 1989. The Isas were a family of Palestinian immigrants living in St. Louis, Missouri. After learning that Palestina had taken a part-time job without her parents’ permission, and dated an African American, Maria held Palestina down, while Zein repeatedly stabbed her.

The FBI unintentionally taped the brutal murder of 16-year-old Tina Isa, while doing electronic surveillance of the Isa’s home. Zein Isa, Tina’s father was a suspected Palestinian Terrorist and had been under FBI surveillance for some time. The first clue to Tina Isa’s death came one morning as FBI agents listened to the surveillance tapes from the night before. Imagine the difficulty the agents must have experienced listening to Tina’s terrifying screams, as her Palestinian father kills her and her Brazilian mother Maria helps him.


Bürsa, stabbed to death, June 2009

A Turkish dad stabbed his own 15-year-old daughter to death in an honour killing which has shocked Germany.

Mehmet Ö. (45) sneaked into Bürsa’s bedroom at 3.30am and repeatedly struck the helpless teen with a knife.
Her grandparents called an ambulance but medics could not do anything for Bürsa as she bled to death.
The kebab shop owner fled the crime scene in the town of Schweinfurt but was later arrested by a police patrol in the town centre after a judge issued a warrant.
Police spokeswoman Kathrin Reinhardt said: “He confessed in a hearing to the Criminal Investigation Department.”
As a motive behind the crime, she said: “Both had very dissimilar life outlooks which kept leading to differences between them.”
Bürsa wore a head scarf but she did not want her strict Muslim father to control her life.
Friends described how the western lifestyle of his daughter made Mehmet Ö angry.
Metush H., a friend of the family, said that Bürsa’s sister and mum also had to always wear a headscarf.
Yesterday at her school, the Olympia-Morata-Gymnasium, her classmates gathered in the library to pay tribute to her.
A tearful friend told BILD: “She was a fun-loving girl, loved hip hop music. But that is no reason to kill someone!”

Yousra Al-Azzam

Yousra Al-Azzam

Yousra had been shopping for wedding dresses in Gaza City with her fiancée the day she was killed. Together they had visited the beach and eaten together, and then sat together watching the waves. Meeting up with her sister Magdoleen and her fiancée they all drove together towards Yousra’s home. On their way they were accosted and pulled over by a vehicle full of masked men who shot into the car. Magdoleen managed to get out of the car, to be clubbed and beaten while others were dragged out and beaten, Yousra’s fiancée shouting ‘she’s my fiancée, she’s my fiancee’ until he was rendered unconscious. Three of the passengers ended up in hospital, while Yousra was killed, shot in the head by one of the gunmen.

In the later extensive press coverage it transpired that the assailants were from the Hamas party, acting as a squad of ‘morality police’, though the party itself denied involvement. The killers were initially arrested, but were freed on the payment of blood money to Yousra’s relatives. Yusra’s mother has since said that she was devastated by this result. ‘We want them to be punished more, but as long as the old men take responsibility for these situations, we can’t do anything’

Yousra’s wedding was planned for 2 days after the attack.