“When a girl stops being a Muslim she is killed“, through stoning. Chilling words, which emerge from the ordinance of coercive application, published by the Nation, issued to the parents, uncle and cousins of Saman Abbas, the 18-year-old Pakistani woman who disappeared from Novellara (Reggio Emilia) more than a month ago.
In November 2020, the girl, at his request, was welcomed into a community, to escape the family. Saman, they said, did not respect Ramadan, had started to wear makeup, to live Western and refused to marry the cousin their parents already had. arranged marriage. For this too, the girl was “victim of violence and coercion by the father“, so much so that she decided to leave. The girl’s behavior was frowned upon by her family:”Undoubtedly that in the family of the young woman, restlessness and non-observance of the precepts traditional and religious was experienced as extremely problematic and offensive to family honorand “, reads an excerpt from the dynance published by Nation.
This was confirmed by Saman’s 16-year-old brother who, first, opened a gash in the veil that covered the secrets of the Abbas family: “In our culture, it’s okay when a girl runs away from home, but when she stops being a Muslim she is killed“, he explained by answering specific questions asked by the investigators. But the 18-year-old did not want to stop following the Muslim faith:”She was a Muslim – continues her brother – but she did not behave as such“. A rudeness, this, punished with a death sentence, which includes a chilling ritual:”In our Quran it is written that if one stops being a Muslim, he must be buried alive with his head out of the ground and then killed with throwing stones against the head– explained the 16 year old- In Pakistan it is done. In the Koran it is written like this, but I have never seen it. All my relatives tell me these things“.
Words that make the suspicion of the investigators even more concrete, convinced that Saman was killed by her uncle Danish Hasnain. Not stoned, but strangled, according to the story of the young woman’s brother: “I think he killed her by strangling her, because when he came home he had nothing in his hand“Together with her uncle, wanted in Europe, the girl’s parents, Shabbar Abbas and Nazia Shaheen, and two cousins are being investigated.