Friday, 21 October 2011

A Question of Honour ... Killing

Ezra Lavant on Honour Killing

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"God's curse on them for generations. May the Devil sh&t on their graves"

Bits of smashed headlight key to 'honour killings' of four, murder trial told

"The four victims were three teenaged sisters and the first wife of the wealthy businessman charged with orchestrating the deaths with his son and second wife and disposing of the bodies by faking an accident at the Kingston Mills lock in June, 2009. "

Tarek Fatah on mass murder honour killing in Canada

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One husband, two wives and endless bitter rivalry, the jostling for favour.
Rona Amir Mohammad regularly drew the short straw, despite being Wife No. 1 to Mohammad Shafia. When unable to conceive, she was usurped by Wife No. 2, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, a younger woman of effortless fecundity — seven babies popped at a pace of nearly one per year.
The resentment was palpable and cut both ways.
Shafia and Yahya are accused of murdering Rona and three of their own daughters in what the prosecution asserts was a mass honour killing provoked by outrage over perceived family disgrace, cultural traditions transgressed and entangled loyalties. The couple's 21-year-old son, Hamed, has also been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in what the Crown describes as a "staged accident." Their trial began here this week.
The large Montreal clan, originally from Afghanistan but widely travelled as businessman Shafia looked for a promising country to put down roots, was a-roil will domestic tensions, court has heard, the discord aggravated by daughters who dressed in revealing Western clothes, rejected the hijab, took boyfriends and spilled family secrets to the outside world.
But the animus clearly began within the marital ménage à trois, with wives forced to coexist under one roof, Rona's status concealed by children who called her "auntie'' in public.
In the year before Rona died — her body, along with those of teenage sisters Zainab, Sahar and Geeti retrieved June 30, 2009 from a Nissan Sentra submerged in the Kingston Mills locks — she had kept a diary, Rona's Memoirs. It is a chatty narrative, written by that rare creature: a literate, well-educated Afghan female.
Daughter of a retired army colonel, Rona wrote that "fortunately I came from a liberal-minded family'' that imposed few restrictions. She was even permitted to watch basketball matches between schools "with no objection from my family."
She became engaged to Shafia in a typically arranged marriage after his mother invited her over, so that the son "could have a good look at me." The reception at a Kabul hotel was grand.
But after seven years had passed with no issue, "my life began a downward spiral right up to the today that I am writing these memoirs."
Shafia, she writes, became hostile and constantly complaining. "Go and take another wife, what can I do?'' she told him.
And he did, as is common practice in Afghanistan. Enter 17-year-old Tooba.
- Rosia DiManno

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