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Brothers kill singer sister for performing on TV

world Updated: May 03, 2009 13:25 IST

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Ashamed of her growing popularity, two brothers allegedly shot dead their singer sister in Peshawar last week for performing on television.

The murder of Ayman Udas, who was in her early thirties, has shocked the city's cultural community as it symbolises a backlash against women and cultural freedom in an area that is increasingly dominated by Islamic fundamentalists, 'The Sunday Times' reported today.

Udas sang and wrote compositions in her native Pashto language, spoken in the tribal areas and the North-West Frontier province, she also frequently performed on PTV, the state-run channel.

Despite Udas's popularity her family felt it was sinful for women performing on television and strongly opposed her.

According to the report, her two brothers reportedly entered her flat last week while her husband was out and fired three bullets into her chest. Neither has been caught.

The final song performed by Udas on screen seems to have portended her death. It was entitled, "I died but still live among the living, because I live on in the dreams of my lover."

A divorced mother of two, Udas had remarried ten days before she was murdered.