'Honour' killing: Pakistani man strangles daughter to death in Germany

Published: September 29, 2015


A Pakistani father in Germany has confessed to strangling his 19-year-old daughter to death.

Asadullah Khan, 51, strangled his daughter, Lareeb Khan, after he learnt of her relationship with a boy he didn’t approve of, according to Daily Mail.

Confessing to the murder, a weeping Khan told court in Darmstadt, Germany he believed his daughter had brought ‘dishonour’ to the family by being in a relationship with a boy he did not approve of. He said he wanted Lareeb to have an arranged marriage as he and his wife had done.


The 51-year-old’s wife, Shazia, said her daughter had stayed away from the family home for several nights in a row and had stopped wearing her headscarf.

Further, claiming she was unable to stop her husband from killing Lareeb, Shaziz said, “I couldn’t stop him.”

“I have rheumatism and didn’t have the strength to fight him off. I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t,” the statement added.

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‘Lareeb stayed away from the home for several nights in a row and stopped wearing the headscarf. One day we received a letter from the police saying she had been caught trying to steal condoms.

‘At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband he snapped.’

Khan and his wife Shazia, dressed their daughter in her clothes after killing her and her took her from their apartment to the car in a wheelchair. They then drove to an isolated embankment in Darmstadt; their home town, where they dumped the body.


The couple is on trial for the murder at the State Court in Darmstadt, and although Shazia claims she was an oppressed woman and was therefore unable to save her daughter, her statement contradicts that of her daughter Nida who said:

‘My Mama was not suppressed, she could do what she wanted. She used to hit me with a stick.

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‘We were never allowed to talk about her boyfriend. My father used to say my sister should be forcibly married in Pakistan.’

Nida, who was sent to her relatives on the night of the murder, gave evidence against both her parents, adding that her mother was as strict as her father and often hit her and her sister. Nida is now in therapy and does not want to see her parents.

Lareeb’s trial still continues.

This article originally appeared on Dailymail

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Reader Comments (48)

  • Zafar
    Sep 29, 2015 - 3:39PM

    This is expected as we are not mature enough to accept the reality. This generation is supposed to do it. Recommend

  • akram
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:18PM

    **Its very hard for parents to have a daughter that does not respect her parents.
    But alas, being violent is never the solution.

    This is a test by Allah where the parents need to be patient and accept that their daughter can make her own choices.**Recommend

  • Stranger
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:36PM

    I am not a big fan of pre marital X but killing is not the answer. We need to educate our kids or they will go astray. Stay connected to children I say .Recommend

  • AaL
    Sep 29, 2015 - 4:42PM

    Another case of two Jahils who move to Germany, continue to act like Jahils despite their exposure and opportunity, and embarrass the civilized population of Pakistan.

    I’m sure the mother couldn’t speak a lick of English despite being in a country of opportunity for 20 years. Disgusting shameful people who aren’t even of the caliber to serve you tea in your house. That’s who ‘Honour’ kills.Recommend

  • Nimrah Hashmi
    Sep 29, 2015 - 5:34PM

    I don’t get it, why these people move to other countries :@

    All they do is bring a bad name to the country and religion.

    No matter what you cannot take anyone’s life, so much for the honor killing when you don’t even know the religion yourself.

    People like these creates issues for other normal Pakistanis and Muslims living abroad.Recommend

  • jay
    Sep 29, 2015 - 5:54PM

    You can take a man out of Pakistan , but u can never take Pakistan out of a man. As long as Pakistaniness stay inside a man, all logic and civilized way can go out the window. Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:04PM

    Fruits of living in an open society are sometimes unbearable to the very people who go searching for it. Recommend

  • Travis
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:47PM

    This is exactly the reason why most people view the refugees as a ticking time bomb. They cannot shake off the primitive mindset.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:50PM

    Nida is a brave girl. She is doing the right thing in incriminating the barbarians.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 29, 2015 - 7:52PM

    When will this craziness stop?

    Hope he is jailed for a very long time so he has time to reflect on what a horrific crime he has committed.

    God may have forgiven his daughter, I wonder whether God would forgive this murdererRecommend

  • Dajjal
    Sep 29, 2015 - 9:52PM

    What is important is that after killing their daughter, their honor is restored… so there is that.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:04PM

    They haven’t trained their daughters properly. After they reach age of 7, don’t even hit them if they don’t pray namaz. It was trivial issueRecommend

    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:32PM

    Purity showing colorRecommend

  • Asif
    Sep 29, 2015 - 10:42PM

    He is the father, he brought her up, he is responsible for the up-bringing it is his short coming that led to her having relationship. He should kill himself if he had any gherat.Recommend

  • usman
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:16PM

    totally unfair. A coward parents. Where islam says if a girl is in a relationship with a boy then kill him/her. that is their life so they have complete right to live by their own rules, choose their own life partner and enjoy the life in the way they want.Recommend

  • curious2
    Sep 29, 2015 - 11:34PM

    Moral of the story … when moving to another country, leave your culture/bias behind you. In the West adult children have all the rights of other adults … including who they want to marry or have sex with. If your offended by this …. stay home.
    I also question the wisdom of the police notifying the parents that their adult daughter was caught stealing condoms …. irresponsible behavior that would result in lawsuit in many countries. The wife implying that her arthritis prevented her protecting her daughter is pathetic – arthritis doesn’t stop you from calling the police, shouting/screaming etc. Both parents belong in jail .. and after they serve their time they should be deported back to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mohsin Javaid Baloch
    Sep 30, 2015 - 12:21AM

    This is a common problem over the years for Pakistani families in all over the europe. The muslim families who are settled there for years, have this problem, when their children grow up they(children) adopts the European culture. They want such freedom and liberty, that they used see there.
    This is the fault of those parents, they must make check on children or to send them to their own country as they grew up. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 30, 2015 - 1:01AM

    Another accomplishment by a Pakistani to polish up the reputation of Muslims in the world!Recommend

  • Saeed
    Sep 30, 2015 - 1:03AM

    Try to teach your kids right things and save them from harm, if they don’t listen, let them go. We don’t own them. They are separate individuals.Recommend

  • Sep 30, 2015 - 5:10AM

    The judge had got honour to put this man in jail for life. China is the correct country for these Muslims where beard and burqa banned.Recommend

  • phonix
    Sep 30, 2015 - 5:51AM

    Is this henious mind set part of religious upbringing? Else how to explain that honour killing is confined only to Muslim families in Europe, and not other migrant groups.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 30, 2015 - 6:42AM

    Killing comes very easily to people who are desensitized to it. Stop animal sacrifices please!!Recommend

  • Humza
    Sep 30, 2015 - 6:52AM

    @Zafar: When these people smuggle themselves to Europe and to Germany for asylum and claim they are persecuted in order to stay there, why do they expect to persecute their children then who will adopt different values?Recommend

  • Brar
    Sep 30, 2015 - 9:39AM

    @phonix: You want to say if other communities do such acts then why not Muslims ?Recommend

  • Machowomen
    Sep 30, 2015 - 11:46AM

    @Zaida Parvez:
    Never kill a girl because what you see is not always right… Before killing just undergo medical tests that will let you know the real status…Recommend

  • Travis
    Sep 30, 2015 - 12:12PM

    A primitive ideology that has left a community stranded in an era that has no relation to the present. Recommend

  • zzby
    Sep 30, 2015 - 12:23PM

    Wow some great people criticizing the poor parents. There is no justification for killing , the parents should get life sentence. But the reality is Khan Sb from some tribe went o Germany and her daughter brought up in western civilization where boys and girls having relationship is mandatory(sort of). Mr.Khan should have left his taxi driving job when he has seen the girls growing up. Recommend

  • Harinder Singh
    Sep 30, 2015 - 3:11PM

    It seems Pakistan is a nation of honorable people.Recommend

  • Xi
    Sep 30, 2015 - 3:17PM

    You’re right. The dad was at best a blue-collar worker. He should have moved back to Pakistan if he felt so strongly about his “honor”. Now he will have plenty of time to think about his honor in jail.Recommend

  • Tore
    Sep 30, 2015 - 3:49PM

    This news in all over the world media, all major European newspapers, USA, Australia. Even African and Asian newspapers, not good advertsement for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Stranger
    Sep 30, 2015 - 4:42PM

    Stupid’s will never understand. If she would had married with the man she liked. It may be embarrassing for them. But these morons killed the girl and bring shame for whole country and religion. Marrying will never get this much of publicity like her killing got.Recommend

  • RP
    Sep 30, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Barbarians still live.Recommend

  • Azi
    Sep 30, 2015 - 10:03PM


    Similarly, you can take an Indian out of India but cant take the urge to violate women and underage ones especially out of Indians. Be the uneducated or educated, or should they live in India or US, they will still show their traits everywhere. Watch a few episodes of “To catch a predator” Indian edition to understand what I mean.Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 1, 2015 - 12:06AM

    Such incidents of honour cases happen frequently in Germany. The perpetrators are generally Turks or Pakistanis (with lower education level). For the most Muslims the birth of a daughter becomes a huge problem, whereas the sons are pampered. Wife-beating is frequent among the Muslims from Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Oct 1, 2015 - 2:44AM

    How foolish and unfair view of Pakistan. I do not know which country you belong to but you seem to have a rather narrow insight about others. Even for a man of below average intelligence it should not be difficult to understand that in any country there are different strata in the society and each can have their own value system. How can anyone use this sad story in stereotyping Pakistan and I am not sure how you define Pakistaniat.Recommend

  • Afzal
    Oct 1, 2015 - 3:16AM

    This is disgusting comment relating to such an unfortunate event.Recommend

  • Bobb mack
    Oct 1, 2015 - 4:08AM


    O’ my God!
    Someone making this advice or suggestion could be charged and get arrested. If I have understood you correctly you are suggesting a medical examination to prove whether the girl has committed any thing before killing he. I am speechless!! Killing someone is heinous crime so the question of a prior investigation sounds utterly revolting. Would you kill your daughter if you came to know she was sleeping with someone? Recommend

  • Jalbani Baloch
    Oct 1, 2015 - 9:51AM

    Isn’t it strange that a person, who opted for settlement in Germany, out of his free will, knowing that Germany is a free society, has killed his daughter on account of family honor. What a shame on this man, if he was so caring of his respect and family honor, then why he settled in a European country, where everything is allowed in the name of personal freedom.Recommend

  • AW
    Oct 1, 2015 - 10:32AM

    Speechless. This ain’t the first incidence? The one in UK was even more horrible. How can you dumb the body of your own child and then sleep peacefully? Is there no humanity left? The dream of migrating abroad for kids and then killing kids for the sake of honor as they couldn’t live to your intended values? Is that compensation to parents’ failure to guide kids properly at a younger age? Don’t have words to describe this inhuman act. No punishment to these parents would suffice. Recommend

  • Mashroof
    Oct 1, 2015 - 1:25PM

    I read all comments / statements, however we should give quality education likewise first religious as well as others education to our children and also to teach them our civilization how to live in this world to day. but sorry to say we all are going on downfall due to negative thoughts i.e there are two aspects advantage and disadvantage of every things as if we use a cell for positively then it is a useful if otherwise it is a harmful. Recommend

  • Riaz
    Oct 1, 2015 - 5:21PM

    Honor is the most important thing to me. I may do the same if I were him.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Oct 1, 2015 - 11:52PM

    Anyone making such claim publically in a western country is likely to be apprehended and possibly put in jail ! Recommend

  • Mhd
    Oct 3, 2015 - 7:59PM

    @Riaz: That’s because you are barbaric human being who has never had any honor. I feel sorry for the shame and ignorance you bring your parents and children.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Nov 30, 2015 - 2:50AM

    @AaL: I am deeply disturbed by such incidents. After living in Germany for a couple of years, I have realized one thing Though. They do not speak English here ! Their language is called German. Recommend

  • Faqi
    Dec 2, 2015 - 3:51AM

    @Riaz: I hope you are not living in a civilized country, if you make that statement you most likey is living in a primitive country. In civilized countries there is nothing called honor killing/ An adult child has the same rights as any other adult to choose his or her way of life. Please do not move from what ever hole that you live into to an advanced country. Thank you Recommend

  • Faqi
    Dec 2, 2015 - 3:57AM

    I am glad that the younger sister had the decency to speak the truth. These two primitive human beings should really get the same punishment as their daughter received. Fortunately they live in a civilized society and may get a long prison sentence, so that have enough time to ponder on the heinous act they committed. I hope they deport them once the sentence is served. They not only lost one child to murder, they lost the other too, What an EVIL couple.
    IN Saudi Arabia they both would have been publicly beheaded. Recommend

  • Faqi
    Dec 2, 2015 - 4:05AM

    Uncivilized barbarians should not leave their primitive countries and move to the West. They should stay where they are in their primitive societies – This is not the first case of Pakistani families killing their own daughters, If you Google the British News you would find over 20 cases of parents murdering their own children in thr UK. They are mostly Pakistani origin one was an Iraqi in the last few years, There was a case in the USA last year where he took both daughters for a drive and then shot them to death – it was another honor killing, the father was sent to prison for life. In the USA life sentence is LIFE he would leave the prison horizontally one day. Recommend

  • Jamal
    Dec 2, 2015 - 11:00PM

    Though Honour killings do not happen among the Germans, but some dozen German women are raped annually and killed. See the website xy-ZDF on the German crimes. The same is true for the women in Sweden. The news of honur killing is 4 weeks agoRecommend

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