Beautiful and free: this is why Saman Abbas, the 18-year-old of Pakistani origins who disappeared from Novellara, had entered into an incurable conflict with her father and relatives, so much so that she ended up in a family home only to return home when she came of age. A conflict that according to the investigators may have prompted the father and mother to hand over the girl to their uncle, who then killed her in the fields around their farmhouse in the Reggio area, with the help of some cousins. An execution as a punishment for the great, intolerable refusal: Saman had said no to an arranged marriage with a cousin, he was supposed to fly with his whole family to Pakistan last December but he refused.
He wanted to live his life, “the Western” or less does not matter. He also had a boyfriend, obviously unofficial, frowned upon by his father-master, who also threatened him. A friend of Saman’s also revealed his dream: to become a bartender. She had also asked the experts who followed her in the foster home how to study to pursue that career. Those same experts who had strongly advised against going home, sensing the risks.
They were right, even in the (increasingly remote) case that the girl instead fled abroad, and not dead and buried in a field. The 18-year-old’s choices were inconceivable for her father. An inevitable and plasticized cultural clash represented by Saman’s private photos, made public by Tg2. The first, little more than a child, with a veil and glasses. The others, in which the girl becomes a woman, almost unrecognizable: “A young woman less and less inclined to wear the veil – is the comment of the National Daily newspaper to the photos that the girl sent to her friends -: bandana, make-up, loose and wavy hair”. Unacceptable, for those who wanted her to be a recluse.