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Muslim who threatened to kill daughter and cut out her mother's tongue in marriage row is banned from seeing her again
From The Daily Mail
A muslim who threatened to kill his wife and cut out her tongue after she blocked an arranged marriage for their daughter has been banned from seeing his family.
In the first prosecution of its kind, Aurang Zeb has been convicted of breaching a Forced Marriage Protection Order taken out to stop him taking Rozina Akhtar out of Britain to marry.
But despite his chilling threats he escaped imprisonment and was given community service. Last night campaigners condemned the sentence, saying it sent out the wrong message.
'There's clear evidence that this man threatened to kill his wife, so how can he be given community service?' said Shazia Qayum of Karma Nirvana, a group which helps victims of forced marriage.
Zeb, a former builder, set up a marriage between Rozina and his brother's son while visiting their native Pakistan when she was just 19.
After returning home to Blackburn, his daughter decided she did not want to go through with it.
His wife, Parveen Akhtar, stepped in, explaining she had been pushed into an unhappy marriage to Zeb 24 years ago and did not want their daughter to suffer the same fate.
But he insisted Rozina had no choice, saying she was 'dishonouring' the family, magistrates heard.
Using laws on forced marriage introduced last November, police secured one of Britain's first FMPOs against Zeb, 43.
But though he moved out of the family home after February's ruling, he continued stalking them, Blackburn magistrates were told. . . harassed his son, Nasir Khan, almost running him off the road and demanding he attack Parveen and Rozina.
In one conversation, Zeb said that if Nasir killed them he would 'only get five to seven years' in jail.
Then last month, he rang his wife and told her in a 'very chilling voice' she 'wouldn't dream of what I would do to you', threatening: 'I'm going to kill you and chop off your tongue.'
Miss Allan said: 'Parveen was under no doubts that he would kill her. He became more threatening and unpredictable towards her and the children, and made her life a misery.'
Zeb was arrested and pleaded guilty to harassing his wife, daughter and son.
But his solicitor, Basharat Ditta, denied he had tried to make Rozina marry against her will, insisting he had 'traditional Asian' values.
Rozina and her mother remained too fearful to speak yesterday.
But Detective Inspector Claire Holbrook, of Lancashire Police, said: 'I hope this sends a very clear message that we will use everything in our power to protect victims who are in fear of being forced into a marriage.'
A custodial sentence would have sent a stronger message but that is not down to the police who deserve credit for pursueing the prosecution.