'Family turned a blind eye' as teenage bride was beaten to death by arranged husband

'Family turned a blind eye' as teenage bride was beaten to death by arranged husband

A teenage bride was beaten to death by her husband while her in-laws stood by and did nothing, a court heard yesterday.

Sabia Rani, 19, was repeatedly attacked over a three-week period, suffering bruising to 90 per cent of her body and "catastrophic" injuries usually only seen in car crash victims.

She had arrived five months earlier from Pakistan for an arranged marriage to Shazad Khan, 25, of Oakwood Grange, Leeds, a jury at Leeds Crown Court was told.

But Khan's family, with whom she lived, took an almost instant dislike to her, said Simon Myerson, prosecuting, and Khan began beating her.

The attack which killed her was "prolonged and vicious," the court heard.

Her agonising rib fractures were caused by "kicks, stamps or very hard punches".

The victim's mother-in-law and a sister-in-law blamed the injuries on "evil spirits, curses and black magic".

But after Khan was convicted of murder at Leeds Crown Court last January, police investigated the role of other family members. [...]

And more Muslim violence against women here for those interested: Honor Killing in Texas.


Zeid said…
It is too sad what happened to the teenager, I am sorry for her family's loss, but you can not state that Muslim Violence is increasing, if I may ask you to check the figures of domestic violence in the US households before labeling Muslims, Islam forbids beating, and asks for equality between males and females.
So in futur comments it will be nice if you do not label Islam.
Abu Daoud said…
On the contrary Zeid, Islam commands the beating of wives:

As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme. --Quran 4:34
Abu Daoud said…
Zeid: I agree that there is domestic violence in Christian and Muslim households. Though I will say that when a Christian beats his wife or children he is in violation of the clear teaching of the injiil/Gospel. When a Muslim does it is ok.

That having been said, beating to death is clearly haraam. Thank you for pointing this out.

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