17-year-old Shafilea Ahmed disappeared in September 2003. Her decomposing remains were found in 2004. It was believed her parents killed her in the name of honor and were charged accordingly.
Now Alesha Ahmed, sister of Shafilea Ahmed has come forward and told police she saw her parents suffocate her sister with a bag. Her parents deny the charges.
They are on trial now at Chester Crown Courtand with their younger daughter providing evidence against them. This is in addition to the police records showing audio recordings of Mr. and Mrs. Iftikhar Ahmed telling their children 'not to say anything' at school.
Alesha saw them suffocating her and later her father carrying a large object wrapped in bin bags. She suspected it was the body of her sister."
Teenager Shafilea had been facing problems at home, with her parents were wary of her ‘modern ways’. She wanted to study rather than marry a boy of their choice and wanted to enjoy life and have a boyfriend.
The parents sent her to Pakistan to get her married, she retaliated by drinking bleach and had to be brought back to UK and treated. In September 2003, she enrolled in college and got a part-time job. Soon after she went missing. Her parents did not report her missing status; rather it was a concerned teacher who was worried about her absence from college and raised alarm.
This is one of many cases of honor killing in UK. The ruling of the court is yet to come, however, few doubt there will be a decline in such cases any time soon. According to BBC, it's thought that up to 12 honor killings happen every year in UK. They usually occur within South Asian and Middle Eastern families.