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Charity looking for answers a year on from Shafilea Ahmed trial
8:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
ONE year on from Great Sankey schoolgirl Shafilea Ahmed’s parents being jailed for murder, a charity is still looking for answers.
Karma Nirvana, which works nationally supporting victims and survivors of forced marriages and honour based violence, said they are constantly being asked about the case during training events and feel it is a ‘valuable learning opportunity’.
The charity hoped a recent Warrington Borough Council multi agency review would give an insight into what contact Shafilea had with agencies and what had been learned but say the review is missing a timeline of events and analysis from the serious case review undertaken in 2004.
A spokesman from the charity said: “We believe, from the information that came out in the court case last year, that there is a great deal that agencies could learn from this case that would help to prevent further tragedies of this kind.
“Unfortunately we have been unable to access a copy of the executive summary to inform our training which leaves us in the position of having to form our own analysis from the information in the public domain.
“We do not want to conduct a witch hunt - we simply see this as an invaluable case for professionals to enhance their understanding of honour based violence and forced marriage.”
In August last year, Shafilea’s parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed were finally found guilty of murdering their 17-year-old daughter in the lounge of their family home in Great Sankey in September 2003.
Her body was driven to the Lake District and dumped in a gorge next to the River Kent, Sedgwick after she refused to comply with an arranged marriage in Pakistan.
Both parents have always denied killing the former Great Sankey High School pupil claiming instead she had run away from home.
Audrey Williamson, chairman of the Warrington Safeguarding Children Board said they always take the death of a child seriously.
She added: “The board’s multi agency review, which was conducted and published this year, includes those recommendations which were identified in the review carried out in 2004 and provides reassurances that they have been implemented and practice in this area is better informed.
“Many lessons have been learned and there has been much change both locally and nationally in respect of how professionals respond to honour based violence and forced marriage over the past nine years.“
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