A Muslim father in Germany, Asadullah Khan, 51, was convicted this week after he admitted to strangling his own 19-year-old daughter to death. His wife said he went into a rage after he learned she was having sex with her boyfriend, so they plotted to strangle her to death for their ‘family honor’.
German police had caught his daughter, Lareeb, shoplifting condoms and sent a letter home to her parents, according to the German newspaper Bild.
“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,” her mother admitted to the German court during their trial.
“At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband he snapped.”
Prosecutors and witnesses say that Lareeb had previously been forbidden from leaving their apartment, and was physically beaten with sticks by both her mother and her father for seeing her boyfriend. When Lareeb defied her parents and continued to see him, and was caught shoplifting condoms to practice safe sex, her father decided to kill her with his bare hands.
During the trial, in Darmstadt, Germany, the prosecution told how the Pakistani couple plotted the murder by sending their youngest daughter, Lareeb’s 14-year-old sister, to stay at a relatives house the evening before the so-called honor killing.
Asadullah woke up between 2am and 3am, sneaked into his daughters bedroom, knelt beside her bed while she slept, and then strangled her to death.
Following the brutal murder, Asadullah and his wife dressed their daughter’s corpse, took the body in a wheelchair from their apartment to a secluded forest nearby, and rolled the body unceremoniously down an embankment in the woods. Hikers found the body the next day.
Lareeb’s boyfriend, a 25-year-old taxi driver, said the two had planned to wed before she was murdered.