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'Killing a daughter is not the solution,' says the widow of Samia Shahid, pictured. (Handout)


British woman strangled in suspected ‘honor killing’ also raped before her death, police say

September 6, 2016

A British woman who was murdered in a suspected ‘honor killing’ in Pakistan was also raped before her death, according to local police. And an officer who conducted the initial investigation into Samia Shahid’s death has been arrested on suspicion of suppressing evidence and allowing key witnesses to flee the country.

Shahid, 28, was visiting family in Pakistan’s northern Punjab province in July when she was killed. Although relatives told police she died from a heart attack, a post mortem revealed she had been strangled. Shahid’s former husband (and first cousin), Chaudry Muhammed Shakeel, was held on suspicion of murder, and confessed in August to having strangled her to death with her scarf, according to Punjab police spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar. Shahid’s father, Chaudhary Shahid, has been remanded on suspicion of being an accessory to his daughter’s murder, having allededly lured Samia to Pakistan from Dubai — where she had been living for 16 months — with claims of being gravely ill. Her mother and sister are believed to have fled Pakistan and are being sought for questioning by police.

Samia’s second husband, Syed Mukhtar Kazam, believes she was the victim of a so-called honor killing because her family disapproved of their marriage. “I’m devastated,” he said, “I want justice for Samia. Women have their own rights and own will. They are not prisoners. Killing a daughter is not the solution.”

Read the full story at CNN.


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