Muslim Couple On Trial For Strangling Daughter In “Honor Killing” in Germany

lareeb-khanThere is a deeply disturbing trial unfolding in Germany involving another “honor killing.” Asadullah Khan, 51, strangled his 19-year-old daughter to death for bringing dishonor on his Muslim family after she stopped wearing the Islamic head scarf and continued to see her boyfriend and was then caught shoplifting condoms. The father and mother, Sharzia, 41, then dressed the dead body of Lareeb, put the corpse into a wheelchair to bring it to a car, then drove from Darmstadt to a remote forest where they rolled her down an embankment (she was found the next day). Both are charged and the key witness against them is their daughter Nida. The parents are from Pakistan and Khan speaks little German.

Khan admits strangling Lareeb with his bare hands and Shazia admits that they were angry with her after she stayed away from home for several nights and stopping wearing the headscarf. Shazia showed Khan a letter from the police that she was arrested for shoplifting that in her words “At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband he snapped.” Shazia however testified under oath that she did everything that she could to stop the murder but was not strong enough.

However, Shazia has faced damaging testimony from Lareeb’s 14-year-old sister Nida who said that her parents sent her to stay with a relative that night. That morning around 2am Khan went into Shazia’s bedroom and strangled her to death. Nida said that her mother would take part in physically abusing her sister and agreeing to marry her off in an arranged married in Pakistan: “My mama was not suppressed, she could do what she wanted. She used to hit me with a stick. We were never allowed to talk about her [Lareeb’s] boyfriend. My father used to say my sister should be forcibly married in Pakistan,” she told the court.

Lareeb’s boyfriend Raheel, 25, a student and taxi driver, also testified that the couple would beat Lareeb (who he planned to marry). He said that Shazia would beat her with a stick and once pressed her hand against a hot stove. He also said that Khan previously tried to strangle her.

Asadullah insisted on the stand that “I love my wife and my daughters.”

The account is another chilling insight into the plight of women and girls in some conservative Islamic families. While honor killings remain common in some Islamic nations like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and others, it also occurs in the West. Given the freedoms afforded women in the West, this clash of cultures is more intense and more dangerous for these girls. Shazia is the tragic face of that clash of cultures — a girl who found freedoms denied to her in Pakistan only to have her life taken to preserve her father’s twisted sense of “honor.”

Source: IB Times

72 thoughts on “Muslim Couple On Trial For Strangling Daughter In “Honor Killing” in Germany”

  1. “Honor Killing”. Thou Shalt Not Kill. Even for Honor. Honor thy son and daughter. Stand up when you talk to Your Honor or get shocked. Such is life on this Planet.

  2. T. Hall: It is a logical fallacy to mention Thomas Jefferson’s admiration for Islam. #1 it is the logical fallacy of “appeal to authority.” #2 none of us know, at this time, if Jefferson had read all of the Hadiths. If he had known about Muhammad authorizing numerous acts of murder, rape, and pillage (i.e. theft), Jefferson may have sung a different tune.

    Moreover, notwithstanding Jefferson getting the hots for Sallie Hemmings and having sex with her when she was probably under today’s age of consent, we also don’t know if Jefferson was aware that Muhammed ‘fell in love with’ Aisha and married her when she was six, and had sex with her (i.e. raped her) when she was nine years old. A fifty+ year old man had sex with a nine-year-old girl. Don’t forget that the sayings of Muhammed are part of Islam.

    Anyone who thinks that a mass-murdering, pillaging child rapist is a prophet is deluding himself.

  3. Max-1,

    We are America. We are exceptional.”

    If I were to guide a person to understand the underbelly of American Exceptionalism, the Turley blog may very well be the first site I send them too.

    Quite demoralizing, knowing that I came here for a robust discussion about civil liberties…

  4. David M

    I respect the appearance of deep thought and introspection in your posts. I wouldn’t trust you as far as I could spit, but props for the thoughtful posts instead of simplistic attacks as espoused by Mr. Schulte.

  5. Nick – Just like the guy who claims the second amendment can be construed to mean the right to bear upper limbs. It’s so damned literal and so simpleton. lol

  6. Nick – Lol, I feel bad for her/him for being that naive. Those are quotes of Obama’s and even those are twisted to mean what they perceive they mean. Sad and sickening and they wonder why their becoming the most hated party on earth. 🙂

  7. Lisa, Aren’t liberal really hot when they condescend? I am LMAO tonight. This Hall monitor sounds very familiar. I think he/she/transgender is a recycled old timer. “Trust me” he/she says. Not on your life.

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