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    The parents of a teenager murdered her because she failed to conform to their wishes for an arranged marriage and she allegedly "brought shame" on the family, a court has heard.

    Shafilea Ahmed, who was 17 when she died in September 2003, was described as a westernised British girl of Pakistani origin at the start of her parents' murder trial at Chester crown court. Her parents, Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, a taxi driver, from Warrington, Cheshire, and his wife, Farzana, 49, a housewife, are accused of murder.

    Shafilea's badly decomposed remains were discovered by workmen in Sedgwick, Cumbria, five months after she disappeared in February 2004, the jury was told.

    Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the jury on Monday morning that her parents had standards that she was "reluctant to follow". In particular, like most 16- or 17-year-old girls, she wanted boyfriends, Edis said, which caused intense pressure on the family. Her parents controlled her so she didn't have freedom of movement, the court heard. She ran away from home in 2002 and early 2003, but always returned.

    In the year before she died, the prosecution said, her parents "embarked on a campaign of domestic violence and abuse directed at her and designed to force her to conform so that she behaved in a way that was expected".

    "The defendants had spent the best part of 12 months trying to crush her will, realised they were not going to succeed and finally killed her because she had dishonoured the family and brought shame on them."

    He said that when she went missing on 11 September she wasn't reported missing until a week later, "not by a member of her family", Edis said, "but by a teacher".

    Edis said the prosecution alleges she was murdered by her parents at the family home on the night of 11-12 September 2003.

    He told the court that Shafilea's younger sister, Alesha, had witnessed the murder of her sister by her parents "acting together", and later told police what she saw after she was arrested in 2010 for her part in a robbery at the family home.

    It was the final piece of the jigsaw for the police investigation, the prosecution said, as "until that moment [it] had no direct evidence of murder".

    Edis said it was an extraordinary thing to accuse your parents of murder, to say that you were there and watched your parents murder your sister. He said for the last "almost nine years, Alesha had lived under the most extraordinary of circumstances".

    After telling her friends in 2003 what had happened, Alesha soon retracted her comments and returned to the family unit, where she was brought back into "silence and denial". It must have been a great strain because of her divided loyalties, the court heard.

    The court heard that Shafilea was "recaptured or abducted" by her father outside her school in February 2003 after she had run away from home.

    Edis said arranged marriages were perfectly acceptable in many communities, but said forced marriage was a completely different thing. He said the two defendants wanted an arranged marriage for their daughter but "in the end it was going to require compulsion because she didn't want to do it".

    Shafilea, he said, was taken to Pakistan later in February 2003 and was "appalled" by the prospect of an arranged marriage to a man in rural Pakistan. She swallowed bleach at her grandparents' house in Pakistan as an act of self-harm or out of desperation. When she returned to the UK, she was taken to hospital as an emergency case and needed regular treatment on a stricture of her oesophagus.

    He said no one else had caused Shafilea distress "apart from her parents".

    The prosecution alleges that her parents also withdrew money from her bank account that she'd saved from a part-time job.

    The Ahmeds deny murder and the trial continues.

    Guardian

  • #2
    Re: Shafilea Ahmed killed by parents for bringing shame on family, court hears

    just seen it on the news ,, its sicking what happend to that poor girl ,,only seventeen :(

    how could they kill their own flesh and blood

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    • #3
      Re: Shafilea Ahmed killed by parents for bringing shame on family, court hears

      What an utter atrocity towards ones own children?!
      Not knowing what one doesn't know will lead to difficulty

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      • #4
        Re: Shafilea Ahmed killed by parents for bringing shame on family, court hears

        Originally posted by Vishnu View Post
        What an utter atrocity towards ones own children?!
        A bunch of mentally unstable and uneducated idiots.

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        • #5
          Re: Shafilea Ahmed killed by parents for bringing shame on family, court hears

          Salaam,

          These are the type of things that upset me. I mean, how can you even think of hurting or killing your own child like that. It is shameful and if they are thrown in Jail it would be even better. I understand not having my boyfriends and all the pressures that come with that, but why crush her will? why bring her to a western country? As I said in a few other posts, it is a contradiction to a Muslim society the things that some people here do in the west. It is a shame for all of us to see this happen, especially to a fellow Muslim. I pray for her and her parents, but what Allah (swt) decides to do with them is his decision only.

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          • #6
            Re: Shafilea Ahmed killed by parents for bringing shame on family, court hears

            We believers do not have enough information to pass a judgement on the family or the daughter.


            For the sake of discussion:

            From this single article, it sounds as if the family was put in a position to resist the social and societal norms which are utterly debasing, immoral, and contrary to Islam- in particular, the social norms and customs that sexual activity outside of marriage is acceptable, even preferrable. The Guardian can and has been proven to be a instrument of ideological propaganda in opposition to Islam, whether its promoting secularism liberalism, blasphemy, apostacy, adultery and fornication, and so forth.

            As if a minor teen girl has a RIGHT to fornicate with strangers?

            By WHO's right? Not Allah AWJ!!!
            Not the Prophet (saaw)!!!
            Not the family!!!

            By WHO's right?
            Who has the RIGHT to enforce this on


            This is the juxtaposition of Muslims residing in and following Western societies.

            Western societies compose of laws which originate from the manmade ideologies of secular liberalism which was concocted in part as an antithesis and in anathema to Islam and all Abrahamic belief based systems.


            How many compromises are Muslims going to make before they take a stand?

            Western way says pay fealty to a kufr government: yes or no?
            Western way requires participation in riba based transactions- consuming or paying interest: yes or no?
            Vote/support disbelievers in their unIslamic political movements: yes or no?

            Eventually, you will reach your very own flesh and blood.
            Eventually, you will be asked to compromise in unspeakable ways.
            Allahumma, aranee al haqqu haqqan wa arzuqnee itiba`ahu, wa aranee al baatilu baatilaan wa arzuqnee ijtinaabahu.Oh Allah! show us the truth as true, and inspire us to follow it. Show us falsehood as falsehood, and inspire us to abstain from it.
            " Do you know what destroys Islam? A mistake made by a scholar, the argument of a hypocrite in writing and the ruling of leaders who wish for people to stray

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            • #7
              Re: Shafilea Ahmed killed by parents for bringing shame on family, court hears

              Originally posted by Abu Kamel View Post
              We believers do not have enough information to pass a judgement on the family or the daughter.


              For the sake of discussion:

              From this single article, it sounds as if the family was put in a position to resist the social and societal norms which are utterly debasing, immoral, and contrary to Islam- in particular, the social norms and customs that sexual activity outside of marriage is acceptable, even preferrable. The Guardian can and has been proven to be a instrument of ideological propaganda in opposition to Islam, whether its promoting secularism liberalism, blasphemy, apostacy, adultery and fornication, and so forth.

              As if a minor teen girl has a RIGHT to fornicate with strangers?

              By WHO's right? Not Allah AWJ!!!
              Not the Prophet (saaw)!!!
              Not the family!!!

              By WHO's right?
              Who has the RIGHT to enforce this on


              This is the juxtaposition of Muslims residing in and following Western societies.

              Western societies compose of laws which originate from the manmade ideologies of secular liberalism which was concocted in part as an antithesis and in anathema to Islam and all Abrahamic belief based systems.


              How many compromises are Muslims going to make before they take a stand?

              Western way says pay fealty to a kufr government: yes or no?
              Western way requires participation in riba based transactions- consuming or paying interest: yes or no?
              Vote/support disbelievers in their unIslamic political movements: yes or no?

              Eventually, you will reach your very own flesh and blood.
              Eventually, you will be asked to compromise in unspeakable ways.
              am i reading your post correct and your saying that the familiy, due to pressures of brining up a child in the west with all the temtations aimed at their kids have the right or at least their actions are understood if they take matters into their own hands and kill that child because she wont listen to them?

              There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.


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              • #8
                Re: Shafilea Ahmed killed by parents for bringing shame on family, court hears

                I don't understand why muslims come to live in the west, sure you win in the dunya but you fail in the afterlife.
                My service is to only the ummah.

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