Samaira Nazir knew well that her parents would disapprove. She wanted to marry her Afghan boyfriend, rather than someone from the family circle, and she was prepared to fight for him too.
So were they. Yesterday, Ms Nazir's brother was jailed for at least 20 years for her murder and her cousin, who is 17, will serve 10 years for his role in her death last April.
The brother and 17-year-old cousin of a young Pakistani woman were jailed for life yesterday for her murder in a so-called honour killing because she wanted to marry a man against her family's wishes.
Samaira Nazir, 25, a graduate and recruitment consultant, was stabbed 18 times and her throat was tied tightly with a scarf and slit.
The attack took place in front of her brother's two- and four-year-old daughters, who were spattered with blood. They saw Miss Nazir try to flee the knife blows from her cousin but her brother dragged her back from the door by her hair. Neighbours heard her scream for help.
Banaz Mahmod made no secret of her belief that her father wanted to kill her. She was in hospital, nursing wounds incurred in an escape from him, when her boyfriend recorded a video of her on his mobile phone, in December 2005.
"It was just me and him in the living room. I turned around every now and then because I didn't trust him," she told the camera. Ms Mahmod also told police, four times, that she feared for her life and produced a list of three men she believed would murder her - but all to no avail.
Less than a month after making the video she was strangled. Her body was packed into a suitcase and driven 100 miles from London to Birmingham where she was buried in a back garden with the ligature - a shoelace - still around her neck.
Yesterday, campaigners demanded an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into why Ms Mahmod, 20, died, at the end of a three-month Old Bailey trial in which her father, Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and his brother Ari Mahmod, 51, from Mitcham, south London, were convicted of murdering her.