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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.

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