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Father jailed in Italy for "honour killing"

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Father jailed in Italy for "honour killing"


The father and two brothers-in-law of a Pakistani girl murdered in Italy have been jailed for 30 years. 20-year-old Hina Saleem was killed because her father disapproved of her Western lifestyle. Her family had lived in northern Italy for five years, but the men resented that she had an Italian boyfriend, wore jeans and worked as a waitress.

She was found buried in the garden of the family home with her throat cut. She was killed after a meeting of male family members because she refused to change her ways and return to Pakistan for an arranged marriage. Hina’s mother collapsed in court when the sentences were handed down, saying she would never forgive her husband.

The murder shocked Italy, and revealed the deep clash of cultures faced by many immigrants in Europe. Campaigners outside the court demanded an end to so-called “honour killings.”

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