Elegy for Samia

“Pray I come back alive”

she texted.

Texts to her pal, Laila,

perhaps facetious,

perhaps foretelling doom?

There is no honour

in honour killings.

There is no love

in Pakistan.

There is no truth

in father-daughter

relationships.

Women have to be taught

lessons, how dare

they disobey

their parents?

There is no honour

in honour killings.

Samia dared

to convert to Shia.

Samia dared to love

again. There is no honour

in honour killings.

Or in honour rape.

As her father held

down her legs, she was

strangled with her own

dupatta.

Raped while her parents

watched. Samia, did you

know your texts would

haunt the world?

Samia, did you think

your mother loved you?

Could you hear the lies in

her voice?

Your eyes haunt me,

Samia. Only 28,

you were. You had to be taught

a lesson. To obey. To be honourable.

There is no honour in honour

killings. There is no honour.

 

Elegy for Samia, © Jhilmil Breckenridge, September 27, 2016

 

 

Bradford woman's death in Pakistan investigated after 'honour' killing claims MP Naz Shah demands autopsy after Samia Shahid’s husband says he believes her family killed her for marrying ‘outsider’ Beauty therapist Samia Shahid, who died while visiting family in Pandori. Police are investigating the death of a British woman in Pakistan after her husband claimed she was the victim of an “honour” killing for marrying a man from outside the family allegedly against her parents’ wishes. Samia Shahid, a beauty therapist from Bradford, died on Wednesday while visiting relatives in Pandori village near Mangla Dam in northern Punjab, the Foreign Office confirmed. Shahid’s local MP, Naz Shah, has demanded that authorities in Pakistan exhume her body and commission an independent autopsy. The police officer leading the investigation in Pakistan told the Guardian he had sent samples from the body to the country’s top forensics lab in Lahore on Tuesday. Mohammad Aqeel Abbas, the station house officer for Jhelum district who is investigating the case, said a postmortem was carried out immediately after Shahid died and she was then buried in her village graveyard. There were no visible injuries or signs of violence on her body, he said.
Bradford woman’s death in Pakistan investigated after ‘honour’ killing claims
MP Naz Shah demands autopsy after Samia Shahid’s husband says he believes her family killed her for marrying ‘outsider’
Beauty therapist Samia Shahid, who died while visiting family in Pandori.

Chilling final texts of Brit woman murdered in Pakistani ‘honour killing’