Scheragha R, a 53-year old Pakistani father, allegedly killed his 16-year old daughter in Switzerland in a vicious axe murder as he believed that she tarnished her family’s honor.
On May 10th 2010, 16-year-old Swera was picked up at a Zurich police station by both her parents. She had been held there by police after she was arrested for a minor theft.
Once back at their apartment in Höngg, on the outskirts of the city, a heated argument broke out between father and daughter, newspaper Tages Anzeiger reports.
The girl said she wanted to leave home permanently and started to pack her things. She then went down to the basement of the building to get a pair of shoes. While she was gone, her father allegedly retrieved an axe from the balcony and hid it in the bedroom he shared with his wife.
Once she was back in the apartment, the girl went into her parents’ bedroom to pick up some of her belongings. When she bent down to get some things from the wardrobe, her father hit her with the axe on the back of the head, the prosecutor says. The man struck his daughter 19 times with the axe: 12 times with the blade and seven with the blunt end.
The teenager not die instantly, but lay on the ground in agonising pain for several minutes until her life finally slipped away.
After she died, he washed his hands and called his wife and police.
Surprisingly, this wasn’t the first time that he tried to kill her.
On April 20th, the pair had argued after the girl’s father suspected she had been smoking marijuana.
Seizing his chance while she was in the bathroom, he pushed her into the bathtub, turned on the tap and threw a hairdryer into the water.
He wanted to electrocute her, the prosecutor alleges, but his attempt failed because of an in-built security system in the appliance to prevent electric shocks upon contact with water. On that occasion, the 16-year-old girl managed to get away before running to a friend’s home in her wet clothes.
This is crazy! How can you kill your own daughter for the sake of honor and religion? Isn’t it against honor to commit such a hideous act? It is just beyond me!