Honour based abuse

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Victims of honour based abuse are being remembered this week.

Cheshire Constabulary will join forces across the country to support a national day of remembrance today, July 14 for those who have been affected by this devastating issue.

Coordinated by charity Karma Nirvana, the day is an opportunity to reflect on the women and men who have lost their lives through honour based abuse and forced marriage - and to support those who have survived this kind of abuse.

This has particular significance for the Cheshire force as Shafilea Ahmed, who was murdered by her parents in Warrington in 2003, would have celebrated her 31st birthday today.

Shafilea’s parents (Iftikhar and Farzana) were jailed for 25 years in August 2012 after being found guilty of her murder in an honour based killing.

She had been suffocated with a plastic bag at the family home, her body was later disposed of and the family went about their business as if nothing had happened.

Summing up the case, the judge told the couple their concern at being shamed in their community was greater than the love of their child.

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Timothy O'Hanlon (Police, PC, Warrington LPU Response PC)

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