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Pakistani Parents Sentenced To Life Over 'Honor Killing' Their Daughter

Two Pakistani parents sentenced to life by an Italian court on Tuesday for killing their teenage daughter because she wouldn't go to Pakistan for an arranged marriage.

Paula M. Graham
Dec 21, 20231176 Shares24006 Views
Two Pakistani parents sentenced to lifeby an Italian court on Tuesday for killing their teenage daughter because she wouldn't go to Pakistan for an arranged marriage. Italy was shocked when 18-year-old Saman Abbas went missing in April 2021 and was thought to have been killed for his honor.
Shabbar Abbas, her father, was found guilty by a court in the northern city of Reggio Emilia. The victim's mother, who is still on the run, was also found guilty. Two cousins were found not guilty, but the girl's uncle was given 14 years in jail.

Pakistani Parents Sentenced To Life In Italy

A woman holding a sign about honor killing
A woman holding a sign about honor killing
Pakistani parents were given life sentences on Tuesday in Italy for killing their teenage daughter Saman Abbasbecause she refused to go to Pakistan for a planned marriage. The horrible crime, which is often called an "honor killing," shocked Italy. In the northern city of Reggio Emilia, Saman's father, Shabbar Abbas, was sentenced, and her mother, who is still on the run, was also found guilty. The decision can be changed because it was made by a court of first instance.
Abbas, who was deported from Pakistan in August, told the court, through tears, that he was innocent before the hearing began. Shaheen, his wife, was tried without being there and is thought to be in Pakistan. Before the court hearing, Shabbar Abbas made a strong case, saying:
Never in my life did I think of killing my daughter.- Shabbar Abbas
Dani Hasnain, the teen's uncle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his part in the murder, but two of her cousins were found not guilty.
The trial got a lot of attention because it was the most publicized of several criminal investigations in Italy in the past few years that involved killing or mistreating immigrant women or girls who refused to marry someone their family picked out for them.
Saman Abbas was last seen in April 2021. Her body was found 18 months later, in November 2022, near her family's home in Novellara. Dental records were used to figure out who the person was. With pictures of her wearing red lipstick and a red headband, the young woman has become a symbol of worry in Italy about violence against women by family members or partners.
Lawyers for the prosecution said she was tricked into going home, and that's when she disappeared. The cops showed CCTV footage of three members of Saman Abbas's family walking on April 29, 2021, with spades, a crowbar, and a blue bag. The next day, a different video showed the missing girl leaving the house with her parents.
In Italy, she stopped covering her head with a scarf and started going out with a young guy she chose. In one social media post, she and her Pakistani boyfriend were seen kissing on the street in Bologna, which is the regional capital.
Italian police say that the kiss made Abbas' parents very angry because they wanted her to marry a cousin in Pakistan. Abbas allegedly told her boyfriend that she was afraid for her life because she wouldn't marry an older man in her home country.

Final Thoughts

A Pakistani couple was given life terms in Italy for killing their 18-year-old daughter because she refused to marry someone they were supposed to marry. After 18 months of not being seen, Saman Abbas's body was found in a farmhouse in northern Italy in November 2022.
Shabbar Abbas, her father, was caught in Pakistan and sent to the United States to be tried for her murder in August. Nazia Shaheen, her mother, was found guilty while she was not there. It is thought that she is hiding in Pakistan.
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