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Friday, August 5, 2011

Muslim Family Suffers Honour Retribution

A family of albino Muslims living in Coventry in the UK are being terrorized because their daughter married a Christian. Shameem and Aslam Pavez have had their windows smashed, their cars vandalized and death threats made because their daughter 'dishonoured' their family by marrying outside their faith. It's called 'honour retribution'.

The abuse started about five months ago when a magazine published an article which featured their daughter Naseem, who no longer lives in Coventry and has little contact with her family. It showed how she is now a Christian who attends church with her husband and is expecting their second child. Copies of the article quickly spread throughout the Muslim community and were posted on walls near their home. Mr Pavez has now stopped going to the Mosque and thinks that he and his family may have to leave town for their own safety.


Police have been informed and are investigating. Mr Pavez said they are good people and are being punished for their daughter's decision. He was born in Pakistan and moved to Coventry at the age of 10. He later met and married Shameem, also an albino. Their six children have also inherited their parents condition. The family has been used to a life of ridicule but say that recent events of retribution have made life unbearable. "We've dealt with discrimination all our lives but this is ten times worse" Mr Pavez said.