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From The Times
June 17, 2006

Sister is stabbed to death for loving the wrong man
Children were made to watch an attack on a woman who was forbidden to marry outside her caste - By Steve Bird
A businessman is facing a life sentence for stabbing his sister to death in front of his two young daughters in a so-called honour killing. Azhar Nazir, 30, and his cousin, 17, used four knives to cut Samaira Nazir’s throat and repeatedly stab her after she fell in love with an asylum-seeker from what they saw as an unsuitable caste. Miss Nazir, 25, had rejected suitors lined up to meet her in Pakistan and had been summoned to the family home in Southall, Middlesex. The father, also called Azhar, Nazir and the youth launched the attack and at one point dragged her by he hair back into the property.

Miss Nazir, a businesswoman described as “strong-willed”, was heard to shout at her mother, Irshad Begum: “You are not my mother any more.” She was then held down as a scarf was tied around her neck and her throat was cut in three places. Nazir’s daughters, aged 2 and 4, were screaming and were splattered with blood. Police fear that they were ordered to watch as a warning to them. Neighbours called the police after hearing the screaming.
Nazir was found guilty yesterday of murdering his sister; a day after his cousin, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted for his part in the murder. They were remanded in custody and will be sentenced at the Old Bailey in London next month.
The court was told that the 17-year-old believed that Miss Nazir had become a victim of black magic at the hands of Mr Mohammad, an Afghan asylum-seeker. Nazir denied murder but told police that his sister “had to be stopped”.
The father was also charged with the murder but fled to Pakistan, where he has gone into hiding. Charges against the mother were later dropped.

Belfast Telegraph
Honour killings: One woman's nightmare
By Robert Fisk in Amman - Saturday, 11 September 2010
Forced to marry her own rapist, Hanan now lives in terror of losing her son – and of being murdered by her family. Her case-history introduces a six-part series investigating a global scandal that destroys many thousands of lives every year. Call her Hanan. She sits in front of me, a red scarf tied round her long intelligent face, her wide, bright eyes sparkling as she tells her story, her two-year-old son Omar restless on the chair beside her.

To save the "honour" of her family – and to avoid being killed by her youngest brother – she has married her own rapist. To save the "honour" of her family – to stay alive – she is now divorcing her rapist. Omar, drinking orange juice, jumping on his plastic chair, is the rapist's son.

BBC NEWS 30 Sep 2003 ... A Muslim man is beginning a life sentence for murdering his -

'Honour killing' father begins sentence

A Muslim man is beginning

A Muslim man is beginning a life sentence for murdering his daughter because he disapproved of her Christian boyfriend. Abdullah Yones admitted stabbing 16-year-old Heshu to death at their home in Acton, west London. The Old Bailey heard Kurdish Abdalla Yones, 48, murdered Heshu on 12 October 2002 because he feared she was becoming westernised. He pleaded for the court to pass the death sentence on him for his "appalling" crime after he tried to take his own life.

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 teacher. In a letter to her parents, apparently showing she planned to run away, 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."
Yones was a political refugee who fled Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq 10 years ago.
Cut his throat
The court heard that after repeatedly stabbing his daughter and slitting her throat, he cut his own throat and jumped from a third floor balcony.
Scotland Yard described it as a "brutal honour killing" - a reference to the practice of women being killed by male relatives to redeem the family name.

Detective Inspector Brent Hyatt said: "There was nothing, nothing at all 'honourable' about her murder.
"After hacking his daughter to death, Mr Yones has attempted every defence, from psychiatric, and diminished responsibility to extreme provocation, in order to save his own skin."

Banaz Mahmod 'honour' killing
BBC News - Banaz Mahmod 'honour' killing cousins jailed for life
10 Nov 2010 ... Two cousins are jailed for life for murdering a relative

Two cousins who murdered a relative because her family disapproved of her boyfriend have been jailed for life.Banaz Mahmod, 20, an Iraqi Kurd from Mitcham, south London, was strangled in January 2006 and her body buried in a suitcase in Handsworth, Birmingham.Mohammed Saleh Ali and Omar Hussain, both 28, received minimum jail terms of 22 and 21 years respectively.
The victim's father Mahmod Mahmod and uncle Ari Mahmod were jailed for life her murder in 2007.Ali and Hussain - who were also found guilty of burying Miss Mahmod's body, conspiring to kidnap her boyfriend Rahmat Sulemani and threatening to kill him - fled to Iraq after the murder.But the pair became the first suspects ever to be extradited to Britain from Iraq after Metropolitan Police detectives tracked them down.
Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, told them: "This was a barbaric and callous crime.

Honor killing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Every year in the United Kingdom (UK), officials estimate that at least a dozen women are victims of honor killings.

An honor killing or honour killing (also called a customary killing) is the killing of a member of a family or social group by other members, due to the belief of the perpetrators (and potentially the wider community) that the victim has brought dishonor upon the family or community. Honour killings are directed mostly against women and girls.
The perceived dishonor is normally the result of one of the following behaviors, or the suspicion of such behaviors: (a) dressing in a manner unacceptable to the family or community, (b) wanting to terminate or prevent an arranged marriage or desiring to marry by own choice, (c) engaging in heterosexual sexual acts outside marriage, or even due to a non-sexual relationship perceived as inappropriate, and (d) engaging in homosexual acts. Women and girls are killed at a much higher rate than men.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that perhaps as many as 5,000 women and girls a year are killed by members of their own families.[2] Many women's groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia suspect the victims are at least four times more

UK Muslim Honor Killing: Wife & Daughters Burned Alive
IRIS Blog - Wednesday, February 21. 2007
UK Muslim Honor Killing: Wife & Daughters Burned Alive

Honor killings are a horrific outgrowth of the misogyny encouraged by Islam, which includes wife beating, sharia discrimination, child marriages, wife rape, female genital mutilation, the rape of captured slaves and polygamy. The mainstream media will likely bury this story outside of England-please Digg it using the button below to get it some coverage.

Muslim Husband who killed his Wife and Children because of their Western Ways
Mohammed Riaz made every conceivable attempt to prevent his wife and daughters enjoying their Westernised lifestyle. He destroyed their clothes - modest by Western standards but tight fitting by his own - when they came out of the wash and he railed against plans to allow alcohol at his terminally ill son's 18th birthday party - which had been brought forward because of his prognosis.

Increasingly alienated and in despair over the illness of his son, Adam, the labourer killed his wife and four daughters by throwing petrol over them as they slept and igniting it.

At the inquest in Blackburn, Lancashire, yesterday the coroner, Mike Singleton, recorded a verdict that Caneze Riaz, 39, and her four daughters, Sayrah, 16, Sophia, 15, Alicia, 10, and Hannah, three, were unlawfully killed at their terrace home in Accrington, and that Mr Riaz, who died in hospital two days after the fire, took his own life. Adam died six weeks later.

Police investigations revealed how estranged Mr. Riaz, a traditionalist and a practicing Muslim who grew up in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, had become from his vivacious wife, a high-profile community worker who had co-founded the local Aawaz women's group, mentored teenage girls at a high school in nearby Rishton, and was a school governor and board member on several diversity groups.

Mrs. Riaz, whose father married an English woman after becoming one of the first Asian men to immigrate to the area in the 1960s, was sent back to Pakistan for 15 years after completing primary school, but she returned in the early 1990s with Mr. Riaz, with whom she had an arranged marriage. The children flourished in Britain. The eldest daughter, Sayrah, was a "second mother" to her sisters, according to the family, and had a passion for fashion design; Sophia, 13, loved rap music and wanted to be...

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