A Kurdish woman was shot dead at a wedding ceremony in Germany and her family is demanding justice.

A photo of the young woman lying in her own pool of blood was posted on Facebook by her father.

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The man who identified himself as Ghazi H., said his beloved 21-yr-old daughter Shilan had rejected an arranged marriage to her cousin and paid for it with her life during a wedding ceremony in Hanover, Germany.

Police immediately began a search for her cousin, Daily Mail reports.

The 50-yr-old Kurdish man said his family had fled Iraq for Germany when his daughter was three years old adding that she had grown up as a ‘self-confident young woman with German citizenship, studying property management at college in Hanover’.

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“It is with the deepest sense of loss and pain that I announce the loss of my daughter. She died in a pool of her own blood, as a victim of a treacherous tradition,” he captioned the sad images he had posted.

Ghazi said his two brothers identified as Numan H. and Hassan H., had tried to arrange a forced marriage between Shilan and her 22-yr-old cousin, Sefin, but she refused saying she didn’t love the man and rejecting the proposal.

He said he left his family in the care of his brothers including his daughter while he went for a project in Iraq. Unknown to him, His brother continued with the marriage proceedings, trying to marry the young woman off to his son.

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“She begged me to do something and so I cancelled the engagement,” her father said, adding that he called off the marriage plans immediately he returned from Iraq.

Shilan was shot on March 13, at about 10pm and reports say the police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Sefin who is a prime suspect in her murder.

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