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LONDON: A Pakistani man in Germany, who is on trial for the honour killing of his 19-year-old daughter for falling in love with a non-Muslim boy, has confessed to strangling her to death because she brought disrepute to the family.
Asadullah Khan, 51, and his wife Shazia, 41, came to Germany from Pakistan.
The killer father told the State Court in his home city of Darmstadt that he didn’t approve of his daughter Lareeb Khan’s boyfriend and that he wanted to have an arranged marriage for her in Pakistan. Lareeb was a dental technician.
Just before she was murdered, her father had received a letter from police that his daughter and her boyfriend had been caught shoplifting condoms. The girl had also spent a few nights away from her family and stopped wearing the hijab.
The letter from the police about Lareeb and her boyfriend caught shoplifting condoms and her absence from home for a few nights fuelled her father’s suspicion that she was having sex with her boyfriend.
On the night Lareeb was killed, she had arguments with her father. When she went to sleep, her father entered her room and strangled her to death.
The father told that the court that he killed his daughter with his bare hands. After killing her in their high-rise apartment, Asadullah and his wife put the body in their car, drove to an embankment and rolled it down.
On the night of the killing, the couple had sent their younger daughter – Nida (14) – to a relative to ensure that their was no witness to their crime.
But Nida has given evidence against her parents, saying that they were strict and never allowed the girls to talk about Lareeb’s boyfriend.
Nida has severed all relations with her parents and is undergoing counseling therapy.