A horrible tale of violent domestic abuse in Watford:

A woman who beat her teenage daughter-in-law to death has been jailed, along with five members of the girl’s family, in what a senior detective described as one of the most harrowing cases of domestic abuse he had seen.

Shahena Uddin, 19, died after suffering severe injuries and choking to death on her own vomit.

Over the course of the trial the court heard that Ms Uddin had suffered mental and physical abuse at the hands of her family, including being forced to drink toilet water and eat her own faeces.

The other family members were all siblings. One of her brothers was her guardian, and his wife is the one convicted of beating her to death. Three other brothers and a sister make up the rest.

The Independent doesn’t say anything about religion, but I wonder. I wonder if they all grew up in a conservative brand of religion that teaches suspicion and hostility toward women and girls.

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