Saturday, June 6, 1998 Published at 03:05 GMT 04:05 UK
Court jails parents for kidnapping daughter
Bradford has a large community with roots in the sub-continent
The parents of a 20-year-old girl have been jailed by a court in England for doping her with the drug Rohypnol and trying to fly her to Pakistan.
Shopkeeper Mohammed Bashir, 45, and his wife Sekina Khan, 40, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, wept in the dock at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to kidnapping and administering a noxious substance to their daughter Rehane.
Their counsel told a judge they had acted out of love for their British-born daughter Rehane, who they believed was in a relationship with a jailed drugs dealer.
But Judge Anthony Ensor told the couple: "I have to make it quite plain to people like you who endeavour to kidnap or remove their children out of the jurisdiction of this land for your own purposes that it will not be tolerated."
Leslie Hull, prosecuting, said Rehane had left home for university partly because she had been under pressure to go to Pakistan and get married. But she was given a drink which contained the drug Rohypnol at her grandfather's funeral and driven the 50 miles to Manchester Airport asleep.
She regained some of her senses at the airport, and despite being told by her parents that she was in hospital, became distressed and angry and alerted airport staff.
Mr Hull told the court that while the couple retained their traditional culture their daughter had been keen to pursue a more independent life, not least because part of that tradition involved arranged marriages.
"They were adamant they hadn't intended to harm their daughter and had done what they had done in what they regarded as her best long-term interests," said Mr Hull.
He said obviously an arranged marriage had been mentioned because it was part of their cultural background.
Mr Stuart Neale, for Khan, said: "It shows as nothing else could have done how much they loved their daughter.