Update: Alleged honor killing in Canada

According to CNN, the three Afghan immigrants, Mohammed Shafia, 58; his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 42; and their son, Hamed, 21, were convicted of first-degree murder on Sunday by a Canadian jury. They will appeal their sentence.

They were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 25 years for the deaths of Shafia’s three teenage daughters and his first wife in his polygamous marriage.

The four were murdered for “dishonoring” their family, and their family murdered them in order to restore that honor.

However, in announcing the verdict, Judge Robert Maranger told the court it was “difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime.”

“The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your twisted notion of honor, a notion of honor that is founded upon the domination and control of women, a sick notion of honor that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”

I agree.  This is a “twisted notion of honor” that does not bring honor to a family; it only disgraces it. My only hope is that their appeal will be denied because they cannot get away this outrageous crime called “honor killing.”





About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Update: Alleged honor killing in Canada

  1. Pingback: Islam doesn’t justify ‘honor murders,’ experts insist | haleybehre

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