One more 'honour killing' in Canada | My column in the Toronto SUN
- "Men are in charge of women by (right of) what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend (for maintenance) from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. But those (wives) from whom you fear arrogance — (first) advise them; (then if they persist), forsake them in bed; and (finally), strike them.”- Al Quran (verse 4:34)October 10, 2012Honour killings are dishonourableTarek FatahThe Toronto SUNMost of us know about the tragic “honour” killing of the three Shafia sisters and their stepmother, Rona Amir Mohammad.The four died at the hands of their family because they committed the “crime” of embracing Canada’s freedoms.Now we have news of another possible honour killing by another Muslim father, who allegedly became outraged at his wife and daughters for dishonouring him and his religious and cultural beliefs.If you have not heard of Randjida Khairi, whose throat was slit, don’t blame yourself. Unlike the Shafia honour killings, this death was kept under tight wraps by newspapers. That is, until the Sun broke the story Saturday.The parallels between the Shafia murders and the Khairi killing are uncanny. In both cases the mothers were Afghan women who died after permitting their children to embrace Canada’s freedoms and live a “westernized” lifestyle.As the Sun’s Sam Pazzano reported, the jury heard that in the Khairi killing: “Randjida Khairi paid the ultimate price for standing up to her Afghan Muslim husband and letting their children live as Westerners.” Crown attorney Robert Kenny, in his opening statement, said the mother of six had her throat slashed by husband Peer Khairi, slit open to the spine, after which she slowly suffocated in her own blood.[To read the entire column, click here.