Four ‘Sheikhs’ of a Pakistani family in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, have been convicted in the UK for torturing their daughter-in-law, Ambreen Fatima, to suffer serious physical harm.
The British Pakistani family members involved in this crime and found guilty are her husband Asgar Sheikh, 30, father-in-law Khalid Sheikh, 55, mother-in-law Shabnam Sheikh, 53, and sister-in-law Shagufa Sheikh, 29.
As per details from the court:
In 2014, Ambreen Fatima arrived in the UK from Pakistan for an arranged marriage. Tensions arose within months, leading to social isolation.
The trial, which began in October, revealed neglect and mistreatment. By July 2015, she became vulnerable, and on August 1, 2015, a call was made reporting difficulty breathing. Paramedics found her unconscious with a severe burn, likely from a caustic substance.
She was left unconscious for days, surviving but in a vegetative state. Her injuries raised suspicions, leading to police involvement.
The prosecution argued she might have ingested anti-diabetic medication involuntarily, causing harm. The family, including her brother-in-law, was accused of conspiring to pervert justice by disposing of evidence and providing false information.
After over 10 hours of deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict against her husband and his family for causing or allowing serious physical harm and conspiring to pervert justice.