Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Honor Killings in Canada

The Victims
In the end, the father, the mother, and the son were found guilty of first-degree murder and given life sentences in the Shafia "honor" killings--a trial that riveted Canada. 

Sadly, in many parts of the world, women are still treated like chattel. And Canada isn't immune. The murder trial of the three Afghan-Canadians ended last Sunday. Mohammad Shafia, 59, his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42, and their eldest son, Hamed, 21, were convicted of murdering three of the family's daughters and Mr. Shafia's first wife of a polygamous marriage. Their bodies were found in a submerged car at the bottom of a canal in 2009. 

The Three Found Guilty

According to the prosecution, the murders were committed to cleanse the Shafia family name. In many Islamic countries, women need permission to obtain a passport, attend school, and even leave the home to go shopping. Unfortunately, these moral attitudes continue when some Islamic migrants settle in a western country. In secret wiretaps of Mr. Shafia's telephone, Mr. Shafia is heard describing the victims as whores and unfit to live because of their perceived rebellious conduct, which included surfing the Internet, taking to boys, and leaving the house unescorted.

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