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Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has tabled a bill called The Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices act in the parliament last month. However, some criticize the name of the bill and call it pretty loaded one. But violence against women is absolutely barbaric act. It must be addressed strongly.
There are thoughtful and effective ways to look at all the facets of violence against women and it can certainly be done without promoting bigotry. For example, in March, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Rape Crisis, and Algonquin College partnered to put on a full day event on violence in the name of honour.
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.
VANCOUVER - The death of 16-year-old Asqa Parvez at the hands of her own family was top of mind for federal Status of Women
TORONTO - The mother of the Shafia family has joined her husband and son in filing her intention to appeal her convictions
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Controversy surrounding the Shafia murder trial prompted imams from across Canada and the U.S. to issue
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.
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.
KINGSTON, Ont. - A young man accused of killing his three sisters and another woman saw them plunge into a canal in a car