The father, mother and their son have all been convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of four family members.
I heard the story of Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old woman in London, gang-raped, garrotted, stuffed into a suitcase and buried in waste ground, for the crime of a kiss in a train station. Her murder was carried out under the orders of her own father and her uncle. Banaz was married off to a man she had barely met at the age of 17, who subjected her to extraordinary abuses. We need authorities, decision makers and politicians to provide the same protection and preventative action for women of ethnic minority communities affected by "honour"-based violence and oppression as they would for any other crime in any other part of society.
"Their solution," the Crown attorney told a rapt courtroom in Kingston, Ontario, "was to remove the diseased limb entirely
On the morning of June 30, 2009, police in a small eastern Ontario city made a ghastly discovery: four females dead in a car submerged in a shallow canal -- Canada's first mass honour killing. In Without Honour, award-winning journalist Rob Tripp draws on three years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews to make sense of a senseless crime in a way no other writer could. "The feeling had gnawed at Jake since the catastrophic outcome of his peck on Sahar's cheek in the corridor of St-Ex in the fall of 2007. He had not forgotten the sight of the sad girl standing in the hall, tears trickling down her cheeks, as she explained that her dad got really mad and slapped her."
Many more people are compelled to interact with "the law" these days, simply because there is so much more of it. Regulation over citizens' lives has exploded, and much of what happens in court cannot be described as having anything to do with justice.
The aftermath of the Shafia trial has left violence prevention organizations wondering, 'what now?' Centres providing resources
Muslims for Progressive Values have just published a new book tackling all the factors such as interfaith marriage and hijabs that seem to set Muslims apart from the rest of humanity, and cause 55 per cent of Canadians to claim that Muslims do not share their values. Reading it would be a step in the right direction.
The verdict in the Shafia case exemplifies the ability of Western legal systems to provide justice to victims of honour killings. If anything positive can come from the Shafia verdict, let it be that law enforcement throughout North America takes the time to educate themselves about honour violence.
The Shafia trial exposed a cultural pathology that needs a closer and unbiased examination. The men in Muslim families are rarely subjected to the kinds of constraints their female relatives endure. It is mostly when the conduct of the women is perceived as dishonourable that matters worsen.
MONTREAL - There is word that a uniquely Canadian bureaucratic snafu occurred as the Shafia girls were seeking help from