Posts Tagged ‘pakistani’

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.

Ghazala Khan

Ghazala Khan, 19, Denmark.

In 2006, Ghazala’s brother and father were given life sentences and an aunt, three uncles and a family friend were also found guilty for being part of her murder.

The family had tracked down Ghazala after she eloped with long-term boyfriend Emal Khan, and they invited her to a ‘reconciliation meeting’ at Slagelse railway station, to kill her. Her husband was shot twice in the stomach, but survived. Mobile phone records demonstrated that all the family members were present in the area where the murder was carried out, and they were all in constant contact with each other.

The jury in the case suffered threats and vandalism while hearing the case..

Ghazala’s murder had been ordered by her father to save the family honour.

She had run away in September because telling her family about her marriage desires had lead to her being beaten and a prisoner in her room. She escaped to live with her boyfriend and they moved around to live with friends and repeatedly contacted the police for protection, but were denied help.











The train on the tracks,


With the ebbs and flows

Launching forward, backward,

Forward again.


The air is still.

Betraying a secret,

A sacred bond between parent and child,

To be broken.


By blood.

Her blood.

In its purest form.


She loved,

It was denied.

She tried,

It was trampled,

She hoped,

It was delayed.

She finally trusted,

It was broken.


How can you who gave her life

think you have the right to take it away?

You, mortal, the most broken of all,

Think, she is anyone’s but Gods?


She is Gods!

He  put soul into her being,

And love into her heart

And faith as your daughter.


It is You, who have transgressed!

God is on her side,

As she is on His.


She is free as she was born,


It is You, who are now on eternal trial.




Hina Saleem

Hina Saleem, 21, Italy.

In August 2006, in the North Italian city of Brescia, Pakistani immigrant Mohammed Saleem killed his 20 year old daughter, Hina Saleem. It was one of the first  publicised cases of “honour killing” in modern Italy.

Hina was living with her Italian boyfriend at the time. She had refused to come home and change her ways and had reportedly refused to marry a man chosen by her family to be her husband. Her father Mohammed then called a meeting with the men in the family to discuss how to handle Hina. He ended her life, by slitting her throat 28 times and was helped in burying her in their family home back garden in the town of Sarezzo.

In November 2007 he and two brothers-in-law were convicted of murdering Hina. The court in the northern city of Brescia sentenced each of the three to 30 years in prison for the slaying. In addition, the girl’s uncle was convicted of helping hide her body. He was sentenced to two years and eight months.

In February 2011, the BBC were granted an interview with Mohammed Saleem from his prison cell, to find out why he killed Hina.

In the BBC interview Mohammed Saleem says:

‘I didn’t want to kill her. I wanted her to come back home.”

“I’m a good father, my daughter was a very good daughter before. Then all of a sudden, she changed.”

“I didn’t want my daughter to be too free, having drugs on the streets.”



‘I will choose’, said her eyes

Alight with a glow,

Of courage

Streaming through her veins.


Alight her eyes were,

No human could dim them,

Not even those with brutal means

And evil intentions,

Of dimming the flame


‘I will love’ said her being

Herself most of all.


‘I will decide’ said her life

In the way she chose to live it.


You will choose.

For where you are there is choice,

Of running free,

Of reaching far,

Of beauty in truth,

Of love.


And that light in your eyes,

Is enough to light up a dark night,

Wherein another lost one wonders.


For your life will be a lamp

On this dark road to where justice lives.


Your eyes, the very source of light.