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Another honour killing shocks Britain

Mushtaq Ahmed killed his daughter Sadhia's Albanian lover because he belonged to a different faith.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2004 16:44 IST

Reports of cases and convictions for honour killings continue to pour in. A Muslim businessman, Mushtaq Ahmed, in order to restore "family honour" plotted to kill his daughter Sadhia's lover, an Albanian asylum-seeker Rexhap Hasani, when it became known that the two planned to marry.

Ahmed suffocated Hasani to death with a length of electric flex. He was arrested and his sentence is to be announced at the Old Bailey. The court was told that Ahmed felt that Hasani, 22, was totally unfit for Sadhia, a bright 16-year old school girl. He also objected to the fact that Hasani belonged to a different country and faith. He was outraged when the couple surreptitiously went to a sea resort.

Ahmed cunningly planned to lure Hasani to his workplace by making him believe that his prospective father-in-law was ensuring a better future so that Sadhia could enjoy a prosperous married life. A trusting Hasani was tricked into taking a job at Ahmed's factory in East London.

Within a week of joining the factory Hasani was trussed up by Ahmed like a chicken and left to die. His body was dumped in nearby Stratford. Brian Altman, QC, said: "The whole idea of her
(Sadhia) marrying this asylum-seeker was contrary to his (Ahmed) beliefs."

The police are amazed that despite courts taking a very strict view of such honour killings, there has been no let up in such brutal murders. The media too has high-profiled the incidents and convictions in an attempt to instil fear in potential killers. Only last week reports had been published about one Abdalla Yones who was jailed for life for slitting the throat of his 16-year-old daughter Heshu after she began a relationship with a man he did not approve of.

On Monday another killer who stabbed his cousin to death while she was dressing up for her marriage ceremony in Birmingham was sentenced at the Old Bailey. But, said a police source, the misplaced notion of family honour based on values that have no place in the contemporary western societies, makes men beasts. They kill their own daughters and feel no remorse. "We are aghast," he added.

There is a move by Scotland Yard to persuade community leaders to cooperate and keep the police informed of any family disputes arising from alliances of the young that might be frowned upon by their families.

First Published: Jan 16, 2004 16:44 IST