The U.K. Daily Mail is reporting today that Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed have been charged with the murder of their then 17 year-old daughter in 2003. Shafilea Ahmed vanished in 2003, and her body was discovered in 2004. The article at the Daily Mail describes this as an ‘honour killing.’
The U.K. Guardian reports:
The couple have always strenuously denied any involvement in their daughter’s death and once stormed into a police press conference to tearfully protest their innocence, claiming the police were racially motivated.
But at the inquest evidence was heard that Shafilea claimed she was held down and beaten by her parents and was fearful of an arranged marriage. The coroner ruled that she had been the victim of a “very vile murder”.
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.
The coroner said: “Shafilea was the victim of a very vile murder and there’s no evidence before the court as to who did it. There are things people know that have not been told to this court.”
Under Sharia Law, the parents did nothing wrong, and there are Sharia courts in Britain. It will be interesting to see if the parents request a trial in a Sharia court.