At least her husband is pressuring for answers. So many Muslim women die horrible deaths, and their names are simply erased from the memory of everyone and anyone they ever knew. And no one cares.
Sending relatives to the home-country to be killed or punished according to Sharia is far more common than people imagine. Most of the time, of course, it’s the women that face the law while men get a long rope.
After all, even Aisha – Mohammed’s child bride – complained about the prophet’s law on women’s low status in Islam in Shahi Muslim (4:1039):
“A’isha said [to Muhammad]: ‘You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses'”
Bradford woman’s family accused of Pakistan ‘honour killing’
British woman Samia Shahid and her husband Syed Mukhtair
Andrew Marszal Mohammad Zubair Khan, Islamabad
25 July 2016 • 9:50pm, Telegraph
Police in Pakistan are investigating how a British woman died during a visit to her ancestral Punjab village, amid an alleged family row over her divorce and remarriage.
Samia Shahid, 28, originally from Bradford, was living with second husband Syed Mukhtair in Dubai when she visited Pakistan earlier this month.
On July 20, the day before she was due to return to Dubai, she was reported dead. Mr Mukhtair has alleged that his wife is the victim of a so-called “honour killing”. According to Mr Mukhtair, his wife’s family had always opposed their relationship.
The couple were living together in Dubai
A police inquiry is under way but no arrests have yet been made. An initial post mortem report did not give a cause of death, which will be provided following a forensics report next week.
“This is a suspected incident. It may be a murder or may be a natural death. We are unable to say anything more at this stage until the post mortem,” said Aqail Abbass, a local police chief. Police have not stated whether the case is being investigated as a possible “honour killing”.
A senior Pakistani lawyer told The Daily Telegraph the accused should have been automatically arrested following the filing of a first information report by the alleged victim’s husband.
The couple married in Leeds in 2014
The case has been raised by Naz Shah, the Bradford Labour MP, who wrote in a letter to Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif that the death “fit that classic picture and circumstances of honour killing”, and urged him to take action.
She wrote: “This idea that you can take your daughter to Pakistan and kill her as you can literally get away with it must be eradicated,” according to reports in Pakistani media.
Ms Shahid met Mr Mukhtair through mutual friends in 2013 and they married in Leeds in September 2014. Soon after the pair moved to Dubai, Mr Mukhtair’s home since childhood.
Her family have dismissed the allegations
The family have strongly dismissed the allegations. Her father, who is in Pakistan, told The Guardian that Mr Mukhtair’s claims were “lies and allegations” and that: “An investigation is under way and if I am found guilty I am ready for every kind of punishment.”
He added: “My daughter was living a very peaceful and happy life. She had come to Pakistan on her own and was not under any pressure from her family.”
A cousin in Bradford said she had died of natural causes and that the family had conducted a post mortem.
The couple met through mutual friends
The Guardian reported that a friend of Ms Shahid said that the family had grown to accept the marriage and that Ms Shahid “kept in touch with her family on the sly”.
Hundreds of so-called “honour killings” are recorded in Pakistan every year, although activists claim the figure is far higher.
The vast majority are in response to “love marriages”, when a couple elope against their families’ wishes.