After fleeing her abusive marriage, Banaz then returned home and fell in love with a man of her choice.
But his strict and traditional family did not approve of Rahmat Sulemani, even though he was a hardworking young man who had often been invited to their home for dinner.
But Banaz and Rahmat were determined to put their love to work and instead of giving up, arranged to meet in secret.
Mark Billingham, a writer who wrote Love Like Blood after hearing Banaz’s story, said: “They adored each other and they tried to go their separate ways.
“They knew what problems they were going to find themselves in, but they couldn’t do without each other to meet in secret. ”
It was during one of their secret meetings, outside a tube station in South London, that they were spotted and Banaz’s family hatched the horrific plan to kill her.
At just 20, she was brutally raped and murdered by her own parents before her body was put in a suitcase and taken to the Midlands, where she was buried in the garden of an abandoned house.
It would be months before his body was finally found and those who murdered Banaz could be brought to justice.
And even after her body was found, her family took one last insult to the young woman who they believed had “shamed” their family.
Banaz was raised in a strictly traditional Kurdish family, who lived in south London, after fleeing Iraqi Kurdistan when she was only 10 years old.
In 2002, her older sister Bekhal fled the family home when she was forced into an arranged marriage. She was living with a foster family, where she told authorities that her family had threatened and subjected her to abuse because she was friends with people they did not approve of.
Bekhal also sometimes wore western clothes and combed his hair. She also denounced her father for threatening to kill her and her mothers and sisters if she did not come home.
Still a teenager, Bekhal refused to give in to her father’s demands and remained in hiding. She was forced to move constantly and never left home unless she wore the full veil.
His bravery means Mahmod was partially ostracized by his community, although he forced Banaz’s younger sister, Payman, into an arranged marriage with a man who was 15 years older than she was when she was than 16 years old.
When Banaz was still a teenager, she was also forced into an arranged marriage with a man 10 years older, whom she described as having a “50-year-old” state of mind.
While married, Banaz told police that she was raped and physically abused, which her family was aware of, but told her to stay in the union so she wouldn’t embarrass them.
When one of her sisters found her covered in bruises, she confronted Banaz’s husband, who told the family: “Yes, I beat your daughter but it is because she is disrespectful. And yes I force her to have sex, but only when she says no. ”
His parents and brothers found this acceptable and did nothing to help Banaz.
Unable to cope with the horrific cycle of abuse, she eventually left home two tears after her marriage but returned in 2005.
It was then that Banaz began a relationship with Rahmat Sulemani, a man she had chosen for herself. Despite the fierce disapproval of his father and uncle, Banaz continued to see Rahmat.
Police writer Mark Billingham, who had been so touched by the case that it had inspired him to write the novel Love Like Blood, said: “They adored each other and they tried to go their separate ways.
“They knew what problems they were going to be in, but they couldn’t do without each other to meet in secret. ”
Then, on December 2, a family “council of war” was held at the home of Banaz’s brother, Ari Agha Mahmod, where it was decided that she should be killed, along with Rahmat.
It was when she accidentally overheard a phone conversation between her mother and her brother that Banaz became aware of the horrific plot to have her murdered, which had been orchestrated by her own family.
Superintendent Goode said: “A council of war was held at Ari Mahmod’s house where it was decided that Banaz and Rahmat would both be killed. Ari Mahmod called her and Banaz’s mother to make this happen.
“In his words’ they shame the family and that bitch and that bitch are going to die.” ”
Terrified after hearing the conversation, Banaz wrote a letter to the police, explaining the threats to kill her and her boyfriend, and handed it over to Wimbledon Police Station on December 12.
She wrote in it: “Number 2, 3, 4 and 5 said they were ready and willing to do the job of killing me and my boyfriend. “
Author Mark said, “What must it have been like for her to get up every morning, go down the stairs and not know what was going to happen that day?”
“She lived every minute, every hour of every day in absolute terror. ”
Just over two weeks later, on New Years Eve, police were called to a Wimbledon cafe where Banaz claimed her father tried to kill her.
She was drunk after her father took her to her grandmother’s, where he gave her brandy poured into a glass that he would only touch while wearing gloves.
He ordered his daughter not to look at him and a frantic Banaz smashed a window, severely injuring her hands, to flee the house.
She was taken to hospital, where Ramhat filmed a chilling video of her details plotting against the two of them while she was lying down.
But Banaz had nowhere to go and when her family arranged to meet her at a McDonald’s, she believed her father when he told her he was sorry and shouldn’t have listened to her. brother.
She promised her daughter that nothing would happen to her and that she would be safe at home – that was a lie and a few weeks later she would be murdered.
Two days before Banaz’s death, Rahmat was kidnapped and said that she and his girlfriend were going to be killed.
Seeking help in what would be there the last time, Banaz and Ramhat went to the police station to report the threats and were due to return the next day to make a statement. Banaz never arrived.
Frantic, Rahmat reported his girlfriend missing, but when the police arrived at the family home, her father insisted that his daughter was free to come and go as she pleased and was probably staying with a friend.
The police started to search the woods near Banaz’s house, but when they tried to get more information from his family, they found that they refused to speak.
Not only that, but while in the house she had shared with her parents and brother, officers did not see any photos of the 20-year-old.
Finally, Banaz’s cousin Mohamad Hama told police he went there when her boyfriend was kidnapped.
It was while he was being held in a cell that he made a phone call that would lead to the downfall of his killers.
Superintendent Goode said, “He was insistently describing the murder of a relative and they welcomed their manhood.
And they described this murder in the most horrific terms.
“They had raped Banaz anally, she was throwing up, she was so scared. They had wrapped a cord three times around his neck so tightly it bit into his flesh.
“He described having your feet on your back and pulling and pulling that rope. Can you imagine the horror of this situation? It took him over half an hour to die.
But the police still had not recovered Banaz’s body. The moving files of two members of his family eventually led them to the home in the West Midlands.
Hama had asked a friend on a phone call if “a freezer had been put back on her body” and officers knew where to dig.
On April 28, 2006, Banaz’s body was found. It was so badly decomposed that no DNA sample could be taken.
Her family were then supposed to bury the tragic young woman – but police discovered she had a horribly different plan.
They first told the officers that Banaz’s funeral would be held at the Regent’s Park Mosque, but on the day of the funeral, they went to a mosque in Tooting instead.
The Det. Good said, “They deliberately lied to us to prevent us from being there. When we arrived [at Tooting] it was evident that plans had not been made for a funeral.
“The family had moved up there without warning. They went to pray, leaving their daughter’s body on a side road. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that it was only our presence that forced the family to organize a funeral.
Banaz was eventually laid to rest at Merton and Sutton Common Cemetery in Morden, but his family had one final insult – they left his grave unmarked.
On June 26 of the year following his death, a memorial service was held for Banaz in the Morden Assembly Hall and a granite memorial stone was placed on his grave.
She was paid by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization (IKWRO), police officers and the lead prosecutor in her case, Nazir Afzal.
Banaz’s father, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, was convicted of her murder and jailed for 20 years while her uncle, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, was also convicted of killing her and sentenced to 23 years.
Mohamad Marid Hama, one of the men who killed Banaz after subjecting her to hours of torture and rape, was also convicted of her murder and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
In a second murder trial, Mohammed Saleh Ali and Omar Hussain were also found guilty of the murder of Banaz and jailed for 20 and 21 years respectively.
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