A Muslim father has admitted to strangling his 19-year-old daughter to death after she was caught shoplifting condoms to use with a man she had been forbidden from dating.
Asadullah Khan, 51, used his bare hands to strangle his daughter Lareeb because she had brought “dishonor” to the family, the court in Germany heard.
His wife, Shazia Khan, 41, is also on trial for their daughter’s murder as she did not attempt to stop him.
The couple, originally from Pakistan, then dressed their daughter’s body in her dental assistant work attire and used a wheelchair to transport her to their car. They used the car to relocate her body from their high-rise apartment in the city of Darmstadt to a forest, where they disposed of it by rolling her down a hill.
Asadullah Khan said the family’s honor had been jeopardized after Lareeb had started dating a man despite attempts by her family to stop it.
The situation then escalated to a fatal level when Lareeb was caught attempting to steal condoms from a store.
Shazia Khan told the court that she did not stop her husband as she feared him.
But the couple’s youngest daughter, 14-year-old Nida, said in court that Mrs. Khan “was not suppressed” by her husband and “could do what she wanted.” She also said she wants nothing more to do with her parents.
Lareeb’s boyfriend, Raheel, said they had planned to get married but her parents threatened him, Bild reported.
He added that Lareeb had told him that her mother had repeatedly abused her with a stick and pressed her hand on a hot stove.
Asadullah Khan had also tried to strangle Lareeb on a previous occasion.