Three members of a family who kidnapped, falsely imprisoned and drugged a young woman in an honour-based crime, have today been jailed for a total of 12 years.

Naila Afsar, 25, was kept from her new husband Afsar Saddiq by her own relatives.

On a visit to her sister’s house in Accrington she was drugged, falsely imprisoned and bundled into a car by her mum Shamim Akhtar, brother Shamrez Khan and her brother in law Zahid Mahmood who intended to take her back to the family home in Bradford.

A judge today sentenced the trio to a total of 12 years in prison today during a hearing at Burnley Crown Court.

Her mum Shamim Akhtar, 59, of Kirkwall Drive, Bradford was sentenced to four years after she was found guilty of false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence following a four week trial at Preston Crown Court.

Naila's brother Shamrez Khan, 34, of Moore Avenue, Bradford was jailed for five years and brother in law Zahid Mahmood, 37, of Empress Street, Accrington was given three years.

Both men pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, kidnap and two counts of administering a drug with intent to commit an indictable offence on Wednesday, June 6.

DS Julie Cross of Lancashire Police speaks after the case ...

</p> <p>The court today heard how Naila was 23-years-old at the time of the offence. </p> <p>Naila left her home in Bradford in 2009 to avoid being forced into a marriage to her cousin. In Newcastle she subsequently met and married postgraduate student Afsar Saddiq. </p> <p>But soon after their marriage, both her and her new husband visited her parents in the hope of reconciliation, but they were met with hostility and told to divorce. </p> <p>On Sunday, January 17 2010, Naila was persuaded to go to her sister’s house on Empress Street in Accrington. </p> <p>After being assaulted by Khan on Tuesday, January 19, she was given a milky drink which had been laced with a sedative, Lorazepam, causing her to become nauseous and drowsy before being placed into a Toyota Estima car. </p> <p>Police were alerted later that day when her husband raised concerns for her welfare and following enquiries by officers from Lancashire Constabulary she was discovered in the car at Rising Bridge. </p> <p>She was taken to hospital and the defendants were arrested later that day. </p> <p>Prosecuting Mr Jonathan Dickinson told the court the trio had no previous convictions. </p> <p>Judge Simon Newell sentenced each of three family members invidually. </p> <p>Jailing Khan for five years he said he had a misplaced sense of warped family honour. </p> <p>He said: "You abused her and were involved in adminstering a dangerous drug to her. You were pro-active and at the forefront in all these matters." </p> <p>Sentencing Akhtar to four years judge Newell said: "She is your youngest daughter. Your role was to care for her, support her and look after her best interests. Instead you chose to drug, assault and abuse her - so personally you wouldn't lose faith. It appears you showed no remorse or concern for your daughter." </p> <p>Jailing Mahmood for three years the judge said he'd played a lesser roles in the offences. </p> <p>He said: "You did know what you were doing was wrong. You nevertheless went along with it." </p> <p>Defending for Akhtar Mr Ahmed Nadim said she was a lady of previously good character. </p> <p>Defending for Khan Mr Alan Wolstenholme said Khan had been geninuinely remorseful and and has had time to reflect in prison. </p> <p>He said his acts were born out of an unhealthy and wholly misguided sense of warped family honour. </p> <p>Defending for Mahmood Mr Tim Storrie said his behaviour was out of the norm. </p> <p>Following the hearing Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton from Lancashire Constabulary said it had been a traumatic experience for the victim who was forced into hiding to escape abuse from members of her own family. </p> <p>He added: "She was treated in the most dreadful way by the people who were supposed to protect and care for her. She has shown a great deal of courage in coming forward and we will continue to offer her support for as long as she needs it." </p> <p>"I hope this case highlights the help and support that is available for victims and I urge anyone who is suffering in similar circumstances to come forward and contact the police." </p> <p>"We understand the complex cultural issues around victims coming forward but as this case demonstrates we are committed to investigating any reports of this nature thoroughly and will do everything within our powers to bring offenders before the courts." </p> <br />* Mrs Afsar’s father Mohammed Khan, 57, of Scotchman Road, Bradford, and sister Saima Mahmood, 29, of Empress Street, Accrington, were both cleared of all charges. <p><strong>Anyone with information or concerns about honour based crime can contact police on 101. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a> </p>