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Accrington kidnap ordeal on TV tonight
3:26pm Monday 2nd July 2012 in Hyndburn
A WOMAN, who was kidnapped and drugged by members of her own family, will feature in a BBC documentary.
Naila Afsar, was fed sedatives and kept prisoner by her own mother, brother and brother-in-law after refusing to enter an arrange marriage with her cousin.
Her mother, Shamin Akhtar, 58, her brother Shamrez Khan, 34, of Moor Lane, Bradford, and her brother-in-law Zahid Mahmood, 36, of Empress Street, Accrington tracked her down to Newcastle where she had fled to marry the man of her choice.
She was then forced to leave with them, and fed the drug-laced milky drink at the family home in Accrington.
Naila, was found drowsy in the back of a car by police, after her new husband reported her missing.
Filmed over a two-year period, ‘Kidnapped and drugged for family honour’ follows detectives in Lancashire’s Eastern Division’s Community Cohesion Unit.
Ch Sup int Bob Eastwood said: “This programme helps to highlight just some of the outstanding work carried out by officers.
“It also shows some of the very sensitive and complex cultural issues they face when carrying out investigations and demonstrates their professionalism and dedication.”
The programme will be shown on BBC3 at 9pm tonight.