A Muslim man in Germany has confessed to strangling his 19-year-old daughter to death with his bare hands in the early hours of the morning on January 28 after hearing she was caught shoplifting condoms to be with her forbidden boyfriend.
Asadullah Khan, 51, and his wife Shazia, 41, both originally from Pakistan, are on trial in Darmstadt, Germany, for the murder of their daughter Lareeb, a dental technician.
Khan, with tears streaming down his face, told the court he believed his daughter had brought "dishonour" to the family for being in a relationship with a boy he did not approve of, Germany’s Bild newspaper reports.
After killing her with his bare hands, Khan and his wife reportedly dressed their daughter in her clothes, before transporting her in a wheelchair from their high-rise apartment to the family car. According to the Daily Mail, the pair then tossed the body down "a secluded embankment."
Shazia is reported to have described to the court how she was a "downtrodden woman: and incapable of saving her daughter.
In a statement read by her lawyer, as noted by the Daily Mail, the mother said: “I couldn’t stop him. I have rheumatism and didn’t have the strength to fight him off. I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t.
“Lareeb stayed away from the home for several nights in a row and stopped wearing the headscarf. One day we received a letter from the police saying she had been caught trying to steal condoms.
“At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband he snapped.”
Countering her mother’s narrative, Lareeb’s sister Nida, 14, who was sent to a relative on the evening of the murder, said: “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 would be forcibly married in Pakistan.”
Nida is now in therapy and is no longer in contact with her parents.
The trial is ongoing.
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