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Shafilea Ahmed Murder: Parents 'Suffocated Teenager in Front of Their Other Daughter'

World  (tags: Honour killing, children, humanrights, death, Islam )

- 2223 days ago -
Shafilea Ahmed, 16, was allegedly murdered at her home in Warrington, Cheshire, because her parents felt her increasingly Western ways, and her rejection of an arranged marriage, had brought shame on the family.

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Stan B (123)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 2:58 am
This story beggars belief. How can parents do this to their own, beautiful 16 year old daughter? I hope they get life in prison for this.

Tommy S (11)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 3:23 am
If this is true the question should be asked as to How these cultural enablers can be of benefit to any civilized society

Ira Herson (13)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 3:25 am
I agree with you Stan. I have two daughters and I cannot imagine hurting them in any way. There are people that have suffered the loss of a child and have never recovered. From the article and the taped conversations it looks like they had no feelings for her at all.

The idea that there is any honor in killing a child is so warped as to be beyond aspect of humanity. Only the crazy religious could find justification.

That poor girl, she would have been terrified. The sister is obviously suffering from PTSD as well. If they are guilty (and it looks like they are) life without parole would be the minimum they should get. I would also make sure that they were in the general population and that their crime was well known.

Ira Herson (13)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 3:29 am
I just want to add that I have Muslim friends and that they love their daughters and would never do such a horrible thing. One of my dearest friends has two daughters and she supports them in all their endeavors. She is so proud and should be. What these people have done is just plain evil.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:02 am

Barbara K (60)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:35 am
Killing your child is much worse and more dishonorable than anything that that child could have done. The parents are the ones who really dishonored the family. Their brains aren't screwed in right.

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 5:10 am
the parents deeded to live in britain, no doubt to benefit from all its western ways. hardly consistent to react against their daughter's adopting the ways of the country they chose.
as to the crime - words fail me. i wonder if the british judicial system will opt for leniency on cultural grovelling grounds?

Jennifer Ward (40)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 5:31 am
In Islam you have the right to kill your child at any age- even adult- if they displease you. This is what will happen in the West if Sharia law is allowed. It is appalling and cruel. WAKE UP!!!

Jay S (116)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 5:57 am
The only place a child should be able to feel completely safe is with her/his parents. This is one of the worst kinds of crimes. It is these sick people who have 'shamed' their family and Islam, but sadly Islam does condone this kind of sick, evil behavior: (Reliance of the Traveller)
The following are not subject to retaliation:

-2- a Muslim for killing a non-Muslim;

-4- a father or mother (or their fathers of mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring; (no reason is needed to kill your own child and there is NO penalty attached for doing so!)

Note number 4. This is from 'The Reliance of the Traveller', the leading jurisprudence source for Islamic/Sharia law in Islam.

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 6:50 am

Beth S (330)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 6:54 am
This is happening in the West more and more. DEPORT THE PARENTS PERMANENTLY. Do not give them a chance to go to prison in the UK where they can give Dawah. Send them straight back to the hell hole they came from.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 6:55 am
Thanks for posting, Stan.

pam w (139)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 7:01 am
Stone-age thinking in a modern world? I sincerely hope an example will be made of them...deportation means no punishment.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 8:56 am

I can recommend a documentary that does help give a clear insight to this sad and for westerns deplorable phenomena. "Crimes of Honour" first released in 2000, showcases the efforts to educate the public about this human tragedy are as important today as in the year this was released. This is not about a religious belief as it is about tribal customs. Sadly, those who do not take this action can also be held outside of their community/tribe. I can not speak to other western countries but in the US this is not treated as anything but murder, no excuses and no perverted defense is held as acceptable.
The documentary, available on You Tube and narrated by Olympia Dukakis it is a heart wrenching look at the facts, the attitudes and those within the Arabic countries taking a strong stand to educate the public about how very wrong an "honor killing" is - how it is anything but honorable.

Franco Di Palma (374)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 9:01 am
It is appalling what happens to children in families like this. For every one we hear about there are many more we don't.It is a truly sad state of affairs when parents feel as they do. I knew someone who had two identical twin sixteen year olds. These two boys were gay and the parents did not agree with that. They were given an option, change or leave. The two boys left and all contact between them and their so called parents was ended.

bob m (32)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 10:40 am

Only the Blood of Jesus can sink deep enough into the ground of guilt and shame in this type of case.. but unless repented of .. as is not common in islam as they have no belief in forgiveness of sin through Christs' atonement.. ....they face eternal seperation from God ... court or no court...

Gene J (290)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:57 am
Can't do anything without proof huh? Well he can choke on those words for the rest of his miserable life as his own daughter provides eye witness testimony to the worst of atrocities, a parent murdering his own child for "honor". Since when is their honor in murder? This is not infanticide as bad as that is, this is the taking of a young vibrant full of promise life because her beliefs differed from her parents. This is no "Bend It Like Beckham" story where the religious fog finally lifts and truth, clarity and a willingness to embrace the new world emerges at the end of the story. No, this is a blackhearted end to what should have been the beginning of a beautiful life. This is betrayal of the absolute worst kind and should be punished as harshly as possible that it might serve to protect even one young woman from such an outrageous and brutal end. How they get away with this in their backwater countries is beyond understanding but it can never be accepted in civilized nations. The only way this stops is if we say NO, never, this is NEVER acceptable. Honor is a figment of your own ego, her right to LIFE trumps your ego. Let this case and its punishment be a lesson to all who would dare condone or attempt such a horrific crime. Murdered by the people who should love you the most over their fictitious "honor"? No greater personal crime exists than this. And it should be punished as such.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 12:13 pm

Well said Gene, very well stated.

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:57 pm

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Glenn Byrnes (197)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 6:19 pm

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:23 pm
How could those parents of this beautiful girl - so coldly and calculatingly go about her murder and dispose of the body as if they were discussing a side of lamb or whatever? These people are not 'civilised', tolerant or caring and have NO PLACE IN OUR SOCIETIES. Pity the death sentence is no longer available.....but perhaps worse than that would be to put them in a Pig Sty.....with cage of course. Thanks stan.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 12:24 am
Cold blooded killers is what they are....all of them that would do such an insane and pathetic practice..they are totally out of this world insane!! And any so called Religion or custom that would demand this as part of it's ruling totally needs to be thrown out..they are all brainwashed into oblivion!!!

Freda Ball (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 12:41 am
This was a horrible thing to do..I remember this story and my heart went out to the young girl. Their culture is so profound that it's hard to believe. The mother actually held her down. It's so tearful when society places people in live or die situations. Many cultures actually do this and most of the time its out of the parents debt or the parents greed. So sad. May she cry no more.

Stan B (123)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 1:43 am
Many thanks to everyone who commented on this sad story. I find it totally incomprehensible and against all the laws of nature that any parents could kill their own child because their religious beliefs demanded it.
A beautiful young life was taken for no reason that I can understand.
RIP Shafilea and may your parents rot in hell.

Freda Ball (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 1:47 am
Amen to that stan.

berny p (23)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 3:39 am


Cam V (417)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 4:59 am
This is the radical sect of the Muslim faith at its very worse. Has happened here in Canada several times I am ashamed to say. Yet people support this?

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 8:11 am
Cam, the hard question is how much "radical" these guys are viewed by other Muslims. If no punishment is reserved for killing children/grandchildren from the state, would you consider the whole state radical? If yes - we got quite and few of either radical or semi-radical Arab states all around the Middle East.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 8:30 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 11:06 am
This is dreadful but we must remember that the principle underlying justice in the UK, and in many other countries as well is innoncent until proven guilty. If these people are found guilty, that is following their court case, then they should be sent to prison for the appropriate time. In addition what drove them to commit this type of crime must be addressed, this will be a far more difficult thing.

bob m (32)
Friday May 25, 2012, 5:51 pm

, @ Howard... Not such aa difficult thing to find out what drove them... this sounds like more appologetic doubletalk.. they commited a murder .. of incredible , selfish dimensions... they are sinners.. they killed their own daughter for pride.. their God is "the MOST PROUD ONE... the LIAR , The deceiver, ...The anti christ... The devil.... Still confused?

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 9:41 pm
RIP Shafilea. Perhaps you can give some peace to your sister. During the trial, Alesha should be protected away from her parents. Why did they move to the UK? I don't get it. Any modicum of freedom was meant to ignore?

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 9:48 pm
Actually I hope she's away from them now and forever.
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