Dalit honour killing in Indian state of Tamil Nadu sends shockwavesIBTimes UK

Syed Mukhtar Kazam, the husband of the 28-year-old British-Pakistani beauty therapist Samia Shahid, claims he and those helping him to get to the truth of his wife's murder have been receiving death threats. He said that during his visit to Pakistan to pursue the case against the suspected ex-husband and father of Samia, he was forced to keep moving from place to place to prevent being attacked.

Kazam flew to Pakistan from his home in Dubai to pressure local authorities to look into what he considers might have been an honour killing by his wife's family and her former-husband Mohammed Shakeel.

"The people standing by me have been getting phone calls with threats to shoot them, and me. I feel that I could die at any moment," the husband said according to Daily Mail.

"I don't know many people here and I cannot take any security measures. I am running away to save my life.

"I have to move from place to place. Every night I have to go to a different place to sleep. I cannot stay in one place for more than a few hours. I am scared someone will attack me," he added.

Pakistani authorities have launched an investigation into the death of Samia after photos of her body emerged showing a 19cms bruise around her neck. Her family had earlier told police that she suffered a heart attack and were given the go ahead to bury her.

The Bradford beauty therapist had angered her family when she divorced her first husband and later married Kazam, but she flew to Pakistan after being told that her father was in critical condition. Days later, her family announced that she had suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

Authorities are still waiting on the final results of the post mortem to determine the cause of death. "There have been different suggestions about how she died - a heart attack, a fall down the stairs, suicide, now they are saying it was a natural death because she was asthmatic and diabetic," Kazam told the press.

"It is absolute rubbish. Her death was far from natural. I have given the evidence to the police and it is for them to investigate it."

Samia Shahid
Samia Shahid (R) and her second husband Syed Mukhtar Kazam (L) who claims he fears she was killed by her familyFacebook

With the evidence of a bruise around her neck, local police are now looking into the death as a murder and an external examination has revealed that she died from asphyxiation. Her ex-husband and father were arrested on suspicion and Pakistani newspaper Dawn revealed that both men reportedly have a suspicious past.

Villagers from Pandoori, Samia's native village have also come forth with details regarding a similar case from 25 years back when the deceased's paternal aunt was found dead in her parent's house after seeking a divorce from her husband.

At the time, Shahid (Samia's father) and other family members claimed the woman had committed suicide and the case was not pursued further.

Sources also disclosed that Shakeel had served an 18-month sentence for shooting and injuring a man over a land dispute.