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Undated Cheshire Police handout photo of Shafilea Ahmed. Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed were both found guilty of murder at Chester Crown Court today after suffocating their "Westernised" teenage daughter  in an apparent "honour killing". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 3, 2012. See PA story COURTS Shafilea. Photo credit should read: Cheshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 3, 2012.

The annual day of rememberance is held each year on July 14th to remember those lost to honour killings. Where some families feel dishonoured, shamed and choose to forget, Karma Nirvana remembers and celebrate victim’s lives.

The Day of Memory was inspired by Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 after suffering years of abuse for becoming ‘too westernised’.  There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK although the exact number is unknown.

“In almost 25 years of campaigning I have rarely heard from families or communities speaking out against the horror of honour killings, so who remembers the victims?  Each year on July 14th we do. We celebrate victim’s lives and remember them as the most honourable of beings.” Jasvinder Sanghera CBE