Closing his questioning Andrew Edis QC asked: "Why did you keep silent for all those years?"
It wasn't until I went to uni that I saw how wrong family life is. When you get used to something it seems normal. That's when I saw it wasn't normal.
I knew what had happened to my sister was wrong but because it's your own parents you don't see how bad it is because you still love them.
I think I felt like my sister in that I did want to fit in with everyone else but you're being forced to live in a different way, that's what made me crack.
Asked if she was a practising Muslim during university she said she wasn't initially but was by the end. Describing her lifestyle as a student she said she was "just like a western student".
In a final question Andrew Edis QC asked what made you speak out?
I think I'd just had enough. My mental state wasn't very good being between the two cultures, trying to please everyone, it just wasn't me anymore.
I was doing things out of character, turning to drink at university and the robbery I committed. I wasn't being myself. I just had to let it out. It had haunted me for a long time what happened to my sister.
The sister of Shafilea Ahmed said the events surrounding the teenager's death had "haunted" her for seven years.
The sister of Shafilea Ahmed broke down in tears as she described the moment she witnessed her parents allegedly murdering her sister.
On the second day of the trial into the death of Shafilea Ahmed, her sister Alesha has described her abusive relationship with her parents