A baby born to a Muslim couple having an affair had to be adopted to save it from being murdered by its mother's family in a so-called honour killing, senior judges have ruled.

The unmarried woman was said to have told the married father of her child that it had died to keep him away, and wore loose clothes and visited a hospital far from her home so relatives would not learn she was pregnant.

The father got hold of the baby girl's birth certificate and tried to get legal rights to visiting her, even though he had by then had a newborn with his own wife.

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