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Shafilea murder: Parents jailed

Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed have both been jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years after being found guilty of murdering their teenage daughter Shafilea in an "honour killing".

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Shafilea Ahmed case 'sends out strong message' over honour killing

Justice has finally been done. It's taken a long time for this case to be resolved so we pay tribute to the police and the courts. The strong message goes out and should be very clear: if you engage in honour killings, if you engage in forced marriages, you will be caught and brought to justice. Honour killings go against Islam. Islam totally forbids honour killings, it forbids forced marriages and if anybody thinks somehow that they are doing these actions as a result of their faith, then they are seriously misguided.

I have spoken to a lot of Muslim scholars and it's very clear that these people should not be behaving in this way. We should not be forcing our sons and daughters to marry people. As a parent, I cannot begin to think and comprehend how a parent would go about and kill their children. I just can't comprehend that and only these two people will be able to say why they did what they did. It's wrong. It's morally wrong.

– Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Manchester-based Ramadhan Foundation

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