A Muslim teenager was murdered by her parents because she refused to let them “crush her will” and resisted their plans for an arranged marriage, a court heard yesterday.
Shafilea Ahmed, 17, was killed for bringing “shame” on her Pakistani-born parents by leading a Western way of life and trying to go on dates with boys. The case came before Chester Crown Court yesterday after her sister broke her eight-year silence and told police she saw her parents kill Shafilea.
Edis read extracts from two poems that Shafilea wrote in the months before her disappearance.
One included the line: “All they think about is honor. I was just like a normal kid. I just wanted to fit in. But my culture was different. But my family ignored.”