Asadullah Khan, 52, a Muslim in Germany, allegedly strangled his own 19 year old daughter for “dishonoring” his family by having sexual contact with her boyfriend (of whom her parents disapproved). He strangled her while his wife watched and did nothing. Both were charged with the murder.
Lareeb, 19, had stayed away from the family home for several nights, and had stopped wearing her headscarf. The police also sent a letter home to her parents that she had reportedly shoplifted some condoms. It was then that her father supposedly “snapped.”
They allegedly dressed her body, placed it in a wheelchair, and pushed it off a ravine near their home city of Darmstadt.
Khan, who speaks no German, was planning a forced marriage for his daughter, as he and his wife had been married in Pakistan. He told the court that he was angered because Lareeb, a dental technician, had stayed away from the family home for a number of nights and had stopped wearing a headscarf.
Lareeb had met a young man, also from the Ahmadiyya community, of whom the father did not approve. She argued with the father, and their relationship began to break down. Then a letter from the police was delivered to the house, informing them their daughter had shoplifted condoms.
Killed while she slept
Khan entered Lareeb’s room and strangled her while she slept and the mother watched. Shazia, 41, claimed that she was a subordinate woman, “powerless to stop her enraged husband.” But her own daughter denies that view: as she told police that her mother used to hit her with a stick.
“My Mama was not suppressed, she could do what she wanted. She used to hit me with a stick. We were never allowed to talk about her boyfriend. My father used to say my sister should be forcibly married in Pakistan.” Nida
Family lost forever over a box of condoms
Nida, sister to Lareeb, was sent away to relatives for the night. After learning of what happened to her sister, she refused to acknowledge her mother in court and has had no contact with them since.
Both parents are Ahmadiyya Muslims from Pakistan. Honor killings are prevalent in Muslim homes. It’s a sad fact that here is a family torn apart and lost forever over backward Islamic rules. And this is what we have to look forward to as more and more of them come to America.