VICTIMS OF HONOUR KILLINGS
All of these Victims Lived in European Countries.
IN MEMORY OF .......
Shawbo Ali Rauf (Kurdistan/Great Britain) In May 2007, 19-year old Shawbo Ali Rauf was taken from her home in Birmingham to Iraqi Kurdistan. Once there, her family stoned her to death after finding unknown numbers on her mobile telephone which they thought proved that she was having an affair. When her husband returned to the UK, police refused to prosecute him – despite demands from Kurdish women’s groups.
Sazan Bajuez Abdullah (Kurdistan/Germany) Died October 2006, aged 24 years. Sazan Bajuez Abdullah came to Germany from Kurdistan after being forced into an arranged marriage with Kazim Mahmud. She bore him one child, but after years of an abusive relationship, and an attempt to kill her by strangulation, Sazan obtained a restraining order against Kazim and filed for divorce. On 25 October 2006, the settlement was finalized at 2:30pm. She told a friend it was "the happiest day of her life". Three hours later she was dead; stabbed 13 times by her ex-husband, doused in gasoline and lit on fire – all in broad daylight in the middle of the street. Kazim Mahmud admitted to the murder, claiming religion and culture and honour as the reasons for his actions.
Hina Saleem (Pakistan/Italy) Died August 2006, aged 21 years. Hina Saleem was found by police 11 August 2006, wrapped in bags and buried in a shallow grave in her family's backyard in Brescia, a city in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, with a gash in her throat inflicted by a meat knife. Hina's family chose to murder her after careful deliberations over her Western-style behavior and refusal to submit to an arranged marriage. Hina Saleem lived with Giuseppe Tampini, a local carpenter, and secretly worked as a waitress in a bar. Her mother, in Pakistan at the time of the murder, acknowledged to police that her husband had killed Saleem who "did not behave like a good Muslim girl." Hina's father--a legal resident of Italy since 1989, was arrested 14 August 2006. Unrepentant, he told police: "My daughter was a prostitute, living with that Italian. I killed her out of rage."
Uzma Rahan (Pakistan/Great Britain, Aged 32 years) and her three daughters were killed in Manchester by her husband after he suspected her of having an affair in July 2006. She came to the UK through an arranged marriage in 1992 but gradually adopted an increasingly ‘western’ lifestyle, making friends independently and dressing less conservatively. This behaviour gradually enraged her husband, Rahan Arshad, who worked as a taxi driver. Under this pressure the couple separated and then reunited. Soon afterwards, Uzma’s husband accused her of having an affair and then killed her by hitting her 23 times with a rounders bat before similarly attacking his children. Before her death, Uzma had told her friends that she feared becoming the victim of an honour killing, saying, “Count the days before he kills me.” At his trial, Arshad told the court that he had been angered by his wife’s decision to wear tight jeans and tops. He said: “It wasn’t right for a mother and someone who came from Pakistan to change the way she dressed all of a sudden. It wasn’t right at all.”
Alisha Begum (Bangladesh/Great Britian) - A six-year-old girl was killed in a so-called honour arson attack, on her home in Birmingham in March 2006. The attack was over the relationship between 15-year-old Meherun Khanum and Alisha's elder brother, Abdul Hamid, 21.
Banaz Mahmoud Babakir Agha (Kurdistan/Great Britian) A 20-year-old woman of Kurdish origin, living with her family in Mitcham, south London, was killed on 23 January 2006. Banaz Mahmod was killed after falling in love with a man her family did not want her to marry. Her father Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and uncle Ari Mahmod, 50, from Mitcham, London, were convicted of murder.
Mohammed Shaheen (Pakistan/Great Britain) On 23 September 2005, Mohammed Shaheen, the co-owner of a taxi firm in Chorlton, Manchester, was shot-dead by Khyber Khan, his brother-in-law. Khan, 28, had flown to Manchester from Pakistan to kill Shaheen after his sisters had told him that he had sexually assaulted them. After the killing, Khan’s sisters helped him flee the country – he was eventually arrested in Canada and deported to the UK.
Ghazala Khan (Pakistan/Denmark) (1987–23 September 2005, aged 19 years) was a Danish/Pakistani woman, who was shot and killed in Denmark by her brother after she had married against the will of the family. The murder of Ghazala had been ordered by her father to save the family honour. No fewer than nine people from her family took part in arranging and performing the murder and they were all found guilty by the High Court of Eastern Denmark on 27 June 2006 on counts of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter (of her husband).
Samaira Nazir (Pakistan/Great Britian) (Died April 2005) was a 25 year old British Pakistani woman who was murdered by her family members. Samaira Nazir was a graduate of Thames Valley University and a recruitment consultant. She fell in love with an Afghan immigrant in Great Britain and wished to marry him, defying her family members. She had rejected the suitors her family wanted her to marry. Deluded under their belief that this had brought disrespect to the family, her brother Azhar Nazir (30) and a 17 year old cousin Imran Mohammed murdered her by stabbing her more than 18 times using four knives, while she was held down by her mother. This savage attack was performed in front of other family members - including two of their nieces, aged two and four.
Hatun Aynur Sürücü (Kurdistan/Germany) (also spelled Hatin Sürücü; born 17 January 1982 in Berlin; died 7 February 2005, in Berlin) was a Kurdish woman whose family was originally from Erzurum, Turkey. She was murdered at the age of 23 in Berlin, by her own youngest brother, in a so-called honor killing. Sürücü had divorced the cousin she was forced to marry at the age of 16, and was reportedly dating a German man. Her murder inflamed a public debate over forced marriage in Muslim families.
Arash Ghorbani-Zarin (Iranian/Great Britian) (1986 - Died 2004, aged 19 years) was an Iranian student at Oxford Brookes University who was murdered by the brothers (Bangladesh) of his girlfriend, Manna Begum (aged 19 years) in a case of honour killing. His body was discovered in a car in Rose Hill, Oxford, on 20 November 2004.
Sahjda Bibi (Pakistan/Great Britain) Died January 2003. The 21-year-old was stabbed 22 times by her cousin as she prepared to marry the man she loved. Two cousins were unhappy their cousin, a dressmaker, was marrying Zaffar Mughal, who was not a blood relative.
Rexhap Hasani (Albanian/Great Britian) (died November 2002) was murdered by Mustaq Ahmed (Pakistan), 40, a Muslim businessman and the father of 16 year old Sadhia, Rexhap's girlfriend because he disapproved of their relationship. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22-year-old Albanian Christian Rexhap Hasani in 2003.
Heshu Yones (Kurdistan/Great Britian) died on 12 October 2002, aged 16 years. Her father stabbed her 11 times after receiving an anonymous letter in Kurdish that said his daughter was behaving like a 'slut' and sleeping with her boyfriend on a daily basis. She had brought shame on his family.
Yasmin Akhtar (Pakistan/Great Britian) aged 35 years, was kidnapped, strangled and then set on fire in March 2002 after she filed for a divorce from her husband, Mohammed Jamil. Her stepson hired three men to track her down and they strangled her with parcel tape in Surrey when they decided she needed to be silenced. The four men were jailed for life.
Fadime Şahindal (Kurdistan/Sweden) (1976 - died 2002 aged 26 years) was a Kurdish Muslim immigrant who came to Sweden from Turkey at the age of seven. She was murdered by her father Rahmi in January 2002 in an "honor killing."
Shahida Mohammad (Pakistan/Great Britain) On 28 June 2001 in Manchester, Faqir Mohammed, a 69-year old Pakistan man who had lived in the UK for thirty years, came back from Friday prayers at the local mosque and discovered his daughter Shahida, aged 24 years, in her bedroom with a boyfriend. After the boyfriend jumped out of the window, Mohammad grabbed his daughter in a headlock and stabbed her 9 times in the stomach with a knife. When Mohammad stood trial for murder, his lawyer told the court that he was a “strict Muslim” who had hoped to see all his daughters have arranged marriages in Pakistan.
Nuziat Khan (Pakistan/Great Britian), a mother of three, was seeking a divorce from her abusive husband. He strangled her to death in front of their three-year-old daughter in 2001. He remains on Scotland Yard's most wanted list and is believed to have fled to Pakistan.
Pela Atroshi (Kurdistan/Sweden) A 19 year old Swedish Kurd, was taken to her family home in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan in 1999, where she was shot dead by her uncle on suspicion of having a boyfriend.
Rukhsana Naz (Pakistan/Great Britian), a 19-year-old, British-born woman of Asian origin, died in Derby in 1998. Her brother strangled her with a ligature while her mother held her down by her feet. In court, her mother reportedly said 'it was her kismit (fate)'. Her brother claimed provocation - a cultural defence - arguing that the killing was committed in the name of 'honour'.
Amjad Farooq (Pakistan/Great Britian), aged 38 years, was hacked to death and almost decapitated in a field in Bedfordshire in 1998 after having an affair with his own 21-year-old niece. Abdul Rashid, 33, was jailed for six years for the kidnap of Amjad. He fled to Pakistan following the killing and was arrested on his return to Britain in 2005 and charged with kidnap.
Surjit Athwal (India/Great Britian/Killed in India) was murdered by her mother-in-law and husband after disgracing her Indian family by having an affair. Surjit Kaur Athwal, a mother of two, was lured to India on the pretext of attending family weddings. Once there, she was allegedly strangled. Surjit, a "Westernised" 27-year-old Sikh, worked as a customs officer at Heathrow. Her husband Sukhdave's family were said to have been concerned that she cut her hair short, smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol. Surjit disappeared in India in December 1998.
International Campaign Against Honour Killings
Crimes of the Community - Honour-based violence in the UK