A MAN who raped his partner and made her watch Islamic videos to “become a better girlfriend” has been jailed for 12 years.
Mohammed Khan, from Smethwick, West Midlands, subjected his 21-year-old partner to regular beatings and sexual abuse over a period of 18 months.
She was forced to watch Islamic faith videos on how to become a good girlfriend, and warned her of consequences if she should reject his advances.
She was saved after her parents alerted police last year after they became concerned about the changes in her behaviour.
In April, the victim formally pressed charges, and Khan, 23, was arrested.
He was charged with four counts of rape and two of coercive control and following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court Khan was found guilty on one count of rape and the control offences.
Speaking after the trial, Detective Inspector Cate Webb-Jones from the West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said: “This young woman completely changed her behaviour in order to please Khan; she missed exams, lied about her injuries and stopped wearing make-up.
“Fortunately family members spotted these signs and reported it to the police.
“Part of Khan’s abuse was teaching her she couldn’t say ‘no’ to him; he warned that if she did he’d go elsewhere for his gratification.
“And such was the control he had over her, she stayed with him and said she still loved him despite the fact he subjected her to awful physical and sexual violence.
“In interview, the woman also told our officers that she was made to watch Islamic faith videos as it would make her a better partner.”
The officer added: “We would encourage anyone who notices similar changes in behaviour in family or friends to report them or refer them to Women’s Aid.
“We have specialist officers who deal with domestic offences who can protect victims offer practical help.”