London: A 19-year-old Indian Muslim girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered in the UK in a suspected honor killing after she began a relationship with an Arab Muslim, a media report said Tuesday.
The deceased was allegedly kidnapped with another woman, bound and gagged and taken to an address in Kingston-upon-Thames in south west London, where they were raped. The Indian woman was then killed, a UK court was told. The other woman, who had her throat slit, managed to escape and alert the police, The Mirror reported. The teenager's body was found inside a 1.5 million pound home.
A postmortem examination carried out on Friday gave the teenager's cause of death as an incised wound to the neck.
Two men in custody
Mujahid Arshid, 33, appeared in Wimbledon Magistrates' Court charged with the murder, rape and kidnap of the woman. He is further charged with the rape, attempted murder and kidnap of the second woman.
He appeared alongside his co-defendant, Vincent Tappu, 28, who is charged with the kidnap of both women.
"The deceased was in a relationship with an Arab Muslim and his family members didn't approve of this because she was an Indian Muslim," said prosecutor Binita Roscoe.
On July 19, two men in balaclavas entered the property. "Her face and mouth were covered in duct tape. Her hands were tied with cable tie. The deceased was brought down tied up. They were bound in dust sheets and placed in a vehicle," the prosecutor said.
District judge James Henderson remanded Tappu and Arshid in custody.