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Pakistani teenager in Italy allegedly murdered for refusing arranged marriage

BBC reported on 11th June that the relatives are being investigated on the matter. The alleged include her parents Shabbar Abbas, and Nazia Shaheen, and her cousins, Ijaz Ikram, and Nomanulhaq.

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British agency Mirror has reported about the death of a Pakistani teenage girl living in Italy for refusing to accept her family’s demand of an arranged marriage.

According to the news agency, 18-year-old Saman Abbas was allegedly murdered by the family and was thrown out of the house for refusing the marriage.

However, being thrown out was not enough, and allegedly her uncle strangled her before burying her.

The alleged 33-year-old Danish Hussain is accused of killing his niece and burying her at an unknown location in the Italian city of Novellera on the night between April 30th and May 1st.

BBC reported that the police have been searching the farmland near Novellara for the young woman since early May and have begun using electro-magnetic sensors to search the soil more thoroughly.

They released CCTV footage from 29 April, which is a day before it is believed the murder happened, showing say shows three of the suspects walking with spades, a crowbar, and a blue bag.

CCTV of Pakistani teenager murdered in Italy

Another footage from the following day shows the missing teenager leaving the house with her parents.

BBC reported on 11th June that the relatives are being investigated on the matter. The alleged include her parents Shabbar Abbas, and Nazia Shaheen, and her cousins, Ijaz Ikram, and Nomanulhaq.

The whereabouts of the uncle and Nomanulhaq are unknown, the parents of the teenager have reportedly fled to Pakistan, and Ikram was caught in France and is now awaiting extradition back to Italy.

Prosecutors suspect all five of murder and disposing of a body, although no remains have yet been found.

After being thrown out of the family home by her Father, Saman spent several nights on the streets before being taken to the social services at the beginning of April.

On 11th April though, she went back to her family against professional advice and never came back to social services.

The judge believes that on the night of April 30 Saman got into a violent argument with her parents over the arranged marriage and ran away again.

Saman’s disappearance came to light on May 5 when authorities were sent to the family’s home to recover documents that Saman’s family had been refusing to hand over since social services took the victim in.

The victim’s father told Italian authorities from Pakistan that the girl is in Belgium, however, Prosecutor Isabella Chiesi refuted these claims saying they are sure that she did not go to Belgium, and she is almost certainly dead.

The investigation is ongoing, and the body of the 18-year-old Pakistani Italian teenager still has not been located by Italian, but authorities are hopeful that they will find it in the coming weeks.

BBC reported that the police have been searching the farmland near Novellara in Italy for the Pakistani teenager since early May and have begun using electro-magnetic sensors to search the soil more thoroughly.

They released CCTV footage from 29 April, which is a day before it is believed the murder happened, showing say shows three of the suspects walking with spades, a crowbar, and a blue bag.

Another footage from the following day shows the missing teenager leaving the house with her parents.

BBC reports that in response to this event, Italy’s union of Islamic communities (UCOII) issued a fatwa rejecting forced marriages.

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