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The “Honour Killing Question” and the Canadian Left

2010/06/22

“Cultural differences may have laid the groundwork for murder”

Tuesday, in a Brampton court, Parvez and his son Waqas pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing Aqsa Parvez, 16. Both father and son took blame for strangling her.

But Aqsa’s death and the cultural context that surrounded it raised troubling questions: Was this the GTA’s first honour killing? Or was Parvez simply a domineering father, who feared losing control of his youngest daughter?

Experts say it’s a debate with no resolution.

What a conundrum indeed!  “Experts” can’t agree as to whether this is a religiously-motivated murder of a young girl or merely death by angry dad.  There’s something almost refreshing about the Toronto Star.  Just when one thinks they’ve hit bottom, out come the jack-hammers.

Michele Mandel at the Toronto Sun rescues Canadian journalism’s honor:

Aqsa Parvez was the victim of this region’s first known “honour killing,” a tragic symbol of the clash between an archaic mind-set and a child yearning to be free in her new home.

Now there is hope the tough sentence handed her father and brother Wednesday will be a warning to others that in this country, our young women cannot be snuffed out to restore a family’s perverted sense of honour.

The questions on this blogger’s mind are these:  Parvez and his son Waqas pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.  What comments did they have at the sentencing, and what is their attitude? It is odd that their comments aren’t reported. They had nothing to say? Further, who is covering their expenses?

More here from a recent post on the lamestream reaction to honor-murders.

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