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BBC NEWS: Shafilea Ahmed's parents charged with her murder

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    Shafilea Ahmed's parents charged with her murder

    The parents of Cheshire schoolgirl Shafilea Ahmed, the suspected victim of a so-called honour killing, have been charged with her murder.

    A coroner ruled that Shafilea Ahmed was unlawfully killed


    The 17-year-old was last seen in Warrington in September 2003.

    Her decomposed remains were found on the banks of the River Kent in Cumbria in February 2004.

    Iftikhar Ahmed, 51, and Farzana Ahmed, 48, of Liverpool Road in Great Sankey, Warrington, have always denied any involvement in their daughter's death.

    The couple appeared at Halton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, and were remanded in custody.

    They are now due to appear before Manchester Crown Court on Friday.

    Mr and Mrs Ahmed were initially arrested on suspicion of kidnapping their daughter in December 2003. In June 2004 they were released without charge when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) ruled there was insufficient evidence against them.

    They were arrested on suspicion of her murder in 2010 and released on police bail.

    The CPS authorised Cheshire police to charge the couple on Wednesday.


    The CPS authorised Cheshire police to charge Shafilea's parents
    Two post-mortem examinations failed to determine how Ms Ahmed died but a verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at her inquest in 2008.

    The inquest heard she was a bright and intelligent young woman who wanted to go to university and become a lawyer.

    Pathologists said she was most likely strangled or suffocated and South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith said he believed she was probably murdered.

    The teenager went missing on 11 September 2003 and was reported missing by a teacher a week later.

    Her body was discovered by workmen and she was identified by her jewellery and dental records.
    A short video clip on the link below is also available on the matter.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14822370

    Just seen it. It's certainly taken a while...

    Thoughts?
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    Channel 4 video: http://www.channel4.com/news/parents...ith-her-murder

    Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/se...honour-killing

    Other articles: http://news.google.com/news/story?pz...GeE1kwqTJk4ALM
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    Hope they rot, It is worrying that it took them so long to get a conviction, but at least the dead girls friends can put their minds at rest now.

    "She disappeared shortly after a trip to Pakistan in which she was introduced to a potential suitor. During the trip she drank bleach and harmed herself in an apparent cry for help, and needed regular hospital treatment to correct injuries to her throat."

    This was a long time ago, was it before the police set up a special unit to deal with the honor killing issue? (I'm pretty sure one was set up) Still concerning that all the warning signs were there but nothing could be done until it was too late
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    (Original post by Darth Stewie)
    Hope they rot, It is worrying that it took them so long to get a conviction
    They've been charged, not convicted.

    While innocent until proven guilty, I think it very odd that she was reported missing after a week by her teacher rather than much earlier by her parents.
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    (Original post by viffer)
    They've been charged, not convicted.

    While innocent until proven guilty, I think it very odd that she was reported missing after a week by her teacher rather than much earlier by her parents
    Same here, I find it strange...makes me think maybe they knew (or had something to do with it). Makes me suspicious.
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    The case continues...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/ma...-parents-court
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    I would love to see how this case ends...it's so sad, but I'm very suspicious myself. The fact that the parents did not report her missing sticks out to me. Reminds me of the case of Casey Anthony (she didn't report her daughter missing). Makes me think: why?
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    (Original post by Darth Stewie)
    but at least the dead girls friends can put their minds at rest now.
    The sad thing is it should be the family who need to put their minds at rest, evidently they couldn't care less.

    Such a horrible and avoidable case.
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    The crime is extremely serious and sad but I was quite shocked to find that their own daughter testified against them

    She has ultimately severed ties with her community and obviously her parents.The world can be a lonely place without any family by your side

    Yet on the other hand her sister deserves justice
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    (Original post by diggy)
    The crime is extremely serious and sad but I was quite shocked to find that their own daughter testified against them

    She has ultimately severed ties with her community and obviously her parents.The world can be a lonely place without any family by your side

    Yet on the other hand her sister deserves justice
    She is a british citizen who will hopefully be treated as such and provided support to rebuild her life away from her community which is possible here, there are many non pakistani/muslim brits who have severed all ties with family and they do just fine.

    It shows the lack of IQ within these communities that they would shame a girl who is trying to get justice for her murdered sister. Their morals are completely bankrupt and backward.
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    (Original post by badcheesecrispy)
    She is a british citizen who will hopefully be treated as such and provided support to rebuild her life away from her community which is possible here, there are many non pakistani/muslim brits who have severed all ties with family and they do just fine.

    It shows the lack of IQ within these communities that they would shame a girl who is trying to get justice for her murdered sister. Their morals are completely bankrupt and backward.
    These types of communities are close knit (like mine) they will be able to identify her by her last name

    If not that it would be suspicious a young girl with no family living by herself
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    (Original post by diggy)
    These types of communities are close knit (like mine) they will be able to identify her by her last name

    If not that it would be suspicious a young girl with no family living by herself
    more suspicious than a young womans unexplained disappearance?

    Can't you understand that when anyone outside that community looks at it's cultural practices and values they are disgusted and cannot comprehend why it's been allowed to persist so long in a civilised society?
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    (Original post by Joinedup)
    more suspicious than a young womans unexplained disappearance?

    Can't you understand that when anyone outside that community looks at it's cultural practices and values they are disgusted and cannot comprehend why it's been allowed to persist so long in a civilised society?
    yep for them it's normal for us it's not
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    (Original post by diggy)
    These types of communities are close knit (like mine) they will be able to identify her by her last name

    If not that it would be suspicious a young girl with no family living by herself
    She can change her name (I read about one woman who did this)

    And btw, many people live alone...
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    (Original post by Dee Leigh)
    I would love to see how this case ends...it's so sad, but I'm very suspicious myself. The fact that the parents did not report her missing sticks out to me. Reminds me of the case of Casey Anthony (she didn't report her daughter missing). Makes me think: why?
    I agree with you, I think it's a very sad case - and yes, something doesn't quite add up here
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    (Original post by Dee Leigh)
    She can change her name (I read about one woman who did this)

    And btw, many people live alone...
    but they (the Pakistani community) have old fashioned ideas it would be very strange for a muslim girl to be living alone with NO family and no male presence
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    (Original post by diggy)
    but they (the Pakistani community) have old fashioned ideas it would be very strange for a muslim girl to be living alone with NO family and no male presence
    Yes I know but so what? What is she supposed to do?

    The girl's safety and her life should be the main priorities, not a backwards culture.
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    its their culture and we should accept it
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    (Original post by Ak138)
    its their culture and we should accept it
    No. It is a backwards culture and it is incompatible with British/Western culture.
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    (Original post by Dee Leigh)
    No. It is a backwards culture and it is incompatible with British/Western culture.
    correct. i was playing the open minded liberal

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