Murder of Samaira Nazir

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Samaira Nazir (died 23 April 2005[1][2]) was a 25-year-old British Pakistani woman who was murdered by members of her family in an honour killing.

Nazir was a graduate of Thames Valley University and worked as a recruitment consultant. She fell in love with an Afghan immigrant in Britain and planned to marry him, against her family's wishes. She had rejected the suitors her family wanted her to marry. Her family rejected the Afghan because he was from a different caste. After an argument, her brother Azhar Nazir (30) and a cousin, Imran (17), murdered her by stabbing her more than 18 times using four knives. The attack was performed in front of other family members, including two of her nieces, aged two and four.

On 14 July 2006 an Old Bailey judge sentenced Azhar Nazir and Imran Mohammed to life imprisonment. Her father was also charged but died before the trial.[3]

John Reid, a Detective Inspector from the Metropolitan Police Service who worked on the case, said: "There is nothing at all honourable about her brutal death."[4][5]

See also[edit]

Honour killings in the United Kingdom:

Honour killings of people of Pakistani heritage outside of Pakistan and outside of the UK

See also: Honour killing in Pakistan


  1. ^ Crown Prosecution Service: Murder of Samaira Nazir Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, July 14, 2006
  2. ^ Samaira Nazir's brother and cousin on trial, May 9, 2006
  3. ^ Bennhold, Katrin (27 September 2013). "A Muslim Prosecutor in Britain, Fighting Forced Marriages and Honor Crimes". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Butt, Riazat (15 July 2006). "'You're not my mother any more,' shouted Samaira. Then her family killed her". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  5. ^ Steele, John (15 July 2006). "Woman stabbed to death by family for loving wrong man". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 24 December 2012.

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