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Muslim mother of 8 drugged and kidnapped her daughter because she wouldn't marry her cousin

Muslim mother of 8 drugged and kidnapped her daughter because she wouldn't marry her cousin | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Shamin Akhtar of Bradford, West Yorkshire, was unanimously found guilty by a jury at Preston Crown Court
Detectives have described the mother-of-eight’s crime ‘as every child’s worst nightmare’
Victim was persuaded to have some warm milk, which made her feel dizzy and made her sick
Father and sister were both cleared – outside court the victim’s father Mohammed Khan said: ‘I miss my daughter’
A Muslim mother faces a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of drugging and kidnapping her own daughter when she broke off an arranged marriage and secretly married another man.

Shamim Akhtar, 59, plotted with close relatives to abduct her youngest daughter, Naila Afsar, 25, after she refused to marry her first cousin and ran away to marry her lover, Afsar Saddiq.

When her family discovered what she had done they threatened to kill her, before giving her a drink laced with a prescription sedative and driving her back to the family home.

Shamin Akhtar was unanimously found guilty by a jury after a four week trial at Preston Crown Court and her son Shamrez Khan, 34, and her son-in-law Zahid Mahmood also pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent

Preston Crown Court was told that the family took Mr Saddiq’s mobile phone so he could not contact his bride and told him she would not be returning.
But the plot fell apart when Mr Saddiq dialled 999. Police stopped the Akhtars’ family car at a petrol station. They discovered Mrs Afsar drowsy on the back seat and she was taken to hospital.

Following a four week trial, mother-of-eight Akhtar, of Bradford, was found guilty of false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Her son Shamrez Khan, 34, also of Bradford, and her son-in-law Zahid Mahmood, 37, of Accrington, Lancashire, admitted the same charges. All three were remanded in custody pending sentence next month.

Mrs Afsar broke down in the witness box as she recounted how she discovered when she was just 15 that her parents were planning an arranged marriage between her and her cousin, Amraiz Khan, who lived in Denmark.

The victim’s father Mohammed Khan, 57, and her sister Saima Mahmood, 30, were both cleared of wrong doing by the jury

She went along with their plans and agreed to get engaged in May 2009, but soon realised she and her cousin were incompatible and called off the wedding. Jonathan Dickinson, prosecuting, said: ‘Her family was upset with her … that was, perhaps, putting it mildly.’
Mrs Afsar ran away to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where she met and married Mr Saddiq in November 2009. The couple visited her parents at their home in the hope of reconciliation shortly afterwards, but they were told to divorce.

On the morning of January 17, 2010, the newlyweds were in bed at home when they heard banging on the doors.

Khan appeared in their bedroom shouting, while his mother and brother-in-law waited downstairs. They persuaded Mrs Afsar to stay at her sister Saima’s house in Accrington for two nights, claiming that her nieces were missing her.

But after she arrived and, unbeknown to Mrs Afsar, her mother, brother and brother-in-law travelled back to Newcastle to confront Mr Saddiq.

Statement: Speaking outside Preston Crown Court the victim’s father Mohammed Khan said: ‘I miss my daughter. When I die it is my wish for my youngest daughter to be present at my funeral’

They took Mrs Afsar’s belongings, including her passport, threatened Mr Saddiq and took his mobile phone, telling him his wife would not be coming back.

On their return to Accrington, Khan slapped his sister twice across the face and took her mobile phone. Mrs Afsar told the court he was ‘going on about the family honour’.

She added: ‘I thought I was in danger of being killed. I kept begging them to take me home and leave me be.’

When she pleaded to be allowed to go back to Newcastle, Mrs Afsar’s family pretended to agree, before giving her a warm, milky drink ahead of the journey.

The liquid was laced with the prescription sedative lorazepam.

Almost immediately Mrs Afsar began to feel dizzy and sick. She told the court ‘everything became blurred and I couldn’t keep my eyes open’. She was bundled into a car bound for Bradford, but police stopped the vehicle not long into the journey, in Rossendale, Lancashire.

Mrs Afsar’s father Mohammed Khan, 57, of Bradford, and sister Saima Mahmood, 31, of Accrington, were both cleared of false imprisonment, kidnap and two charges of administering the drug lorazepam with intent.

Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton, of Lancashire Police, said Mrs Afsar had shown ‘immense courage’ to go through with the prosecution.

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Bradford woman 'drugged and kidnapped by family after refusing arranged marriage'

Bradford woman 'drugged and kidnapped by family after refusing arranged marriage' | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
A Bradford woman was drugged and kidnapped by her family after refusing an arranged marriage, Preston Crown Court is told.

 

The court heard Naila Afsar's parents, Mohammed Khan, 55, and Shamim Akhtar, 56, and brother Shamrez Khan, 32, fell out with her after she wed in secret.

It is alleged she was taken at the Accrington home of her sister Saima Mahmood, 29, and Zahid Mahmood, 34.

All five deny charges of kidnap, false imprisonment and administering a drug.

The prosecution said the family fell out with Ms Afsar, 23, after she refused to go ahead with an arranged marriage to her cousin and moved to Newcastle, marrying another man in secret.

She told the court when her family found out they did all they could to split up the couple, but Ms Afsar eventually agreed to attend a reconciliation meeting at her sister and brother-in-law's home in Accrington in January 2010.

The prosecution said it was there that she was drugged and bundled into a car, to be taken back to the family home in Bradford.

 

The trial continues.

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Religion of Peace: Family members face jail over 'dishonour' kidnap | Granada - ITV News

Religion of Peace: Family members face jail over 'dishonour' kidnap | Granada - ITV News | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Three members of a family from Lancashire have been warned they face jail for kidnapping a young woman who refused to go through with an arranged marriage.

Preston Crown Court heard 23-year-old Naila Afsar was drugged and held captive after being told she'd dishonoured her family.

Her mother Shamim Akhtar, 56, was found guilty of false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Naila's brother Shamrez Khan, 32, and brother-in-law Zahid Mahmood, 34, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton from Lancashire Constabulary said: “This has been a long and complicated enquiry which has involved a number of members of the same family.

"It has been particularly traumatic for the victim who has been forced into hiding to escape abuse from her family.

“It has been a horrendous ordeal for the young woman who has been treated in the most dreadful way by the people who were supposed to protect and care for her.

She has shown immense courage in coming forward and officers have been supporting her throughout the investigation.”

DI Vaughton urged victims to come forward and contact the police in confidence.

He added: “Although this is a very rare and unusual case, we urge anyone that is suffering in similar circumstances to come forward and contact the police.

“Lancashire Constabulary will not tolerate any acts of honour based abuse in our communities and will treat offences very seriously.

“We work very closely with professionals such as healthcare staff, the Lancashire Domestic Violence Partnership, Social Services and teachers to ensure victims of forced marriage receive the best possible help from all agencies.

“We have specialist teams dealing with the issue of honour based abuse, which are based in every division across the county as well as outreach workers out in the community.

“We understand the complex cultural issues around victims coming forward but as this case demonstrates we are committed to investigating any reports of this nature thoroughly and will do everything within our powers to bring offenders before the courts.”

All three have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Burnley Crown Court on 10 July.

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