Honour Killing

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Excerpt: Without Honour, the True Story of the Shafia Family

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."
CP

Harper Talks Honour Killing

MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper recalled the Shafia killings while visiting the family's hometown of Montreal to underscore Ottawa's support of a program to prevent so-called honour crimes.Ha...
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The Shafia Women: Killed By Double Standards

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.
CP/Handout

Whose Daughters Will Be the Next Shafias?

What must we do -- we Muslims -- to ensure none of our daughters and sisters are murdered by their fathers, husbands, and brothers? Among many things we must embrace foremost the 1400-year-old Islamic tradition that emphasizes not the responsibility to guard our modesty, but the duty to show compassion.
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Intolerance and the Religious Right

The most retrogressive segments of Muslim society often angrily conclude that reformist Muslims only speak from a position of ignorance when questioning orthodox religious practice. Progressive Muslims are ignorant, self-serving, heretical, and hypocritical according to these conservatives, who consistently accuse revisionists of being fifth columnists with nefarious ulterior motives.
AP

Dad Breaks Down At Honour-Killing Trial

A Montreal man accused of killing his first wife and three teenage daughters denied prosecutors' allegations and insisted his dead children had been "cruel," while testifying in his own defence. Moha...
CP

Dad Breaks Down At Honour-Killing Trial

KINGSTON, Ont. - A terrified woman begged for secrecy about her abusive living conditions out of fear her husband would kill her and his three teenaged daughters to preserve the Muslim family's honour...