The relative of a young Muslim bride who was beaten every day and treated like a servant after an arranged marriage, described a catalogue of abuse the woman experienced today.
Zahida Khan told St Albans Crown Court her cousin Sania Bibi, 20, had described a range of incidents she suffered at the hands of her husband and mother-in-law.
Mrs Bibi was allegedly abused and treated like a slave after she arrived in Britain from Pakistan following the marriage in April 2006.
Today Zahida Khan told the jury of a series of incidents Sania had told her about after she fled to relatives in Blackburn early last year.
She said: "Sometimes when they would eat she wasn't offered any food, apparently because her background was very poor.