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Just recently, three Afghan immigrants who have been living in Canada since 2007 were found guilty of “honor killing” four of their family members. As a consequence, they were all sentenced to prison will be deported back to their home country if they’re ever released.
58-year-old Mohammad Shafia, his 41-year-old wife Tooba Yahya, and their 20-year-old son Hamed were all found guilty earlier this week and sentenced to 25 years to life for murdering 19-year-old Zainab, 17-year-old Sahar, 13-year-old Geeti, and 52-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad back in 2012.
According to reports, Rona was Shafia’s ex-wife and the three younger girls were his daughters. He apparently killed them to maintain his honor because they were “having secret relationships with boys and wearing revealing clothes” against his wishes and his ex-wife was a bad influence.
While in court, it was revealed that he decided to kill them shortly after Zainab defied her male relatives and “took refuge in a shelter.” After slaughtering them, they then placed their bodies in a car and submerged the car in a lake.
Following their conviction, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRC) made the decision to revoke the permanent residency of Shafia and Yahya. This means that if they’re ever released from prison, which will be possible in about 16 years, they’ll be sent back to Afghanistan. As of now, though, Hamed’s citizenship status is currently unclear.
Sadly, it’s not uncommon for someone to be harmed or killed by a member of their own family.
For example, earlier this month, law enforcement officials in Punjab, Pakistan arrested twelve people in connection with a disturbing and illegal village tradition of “revenge rape,” otherwise known as “wani” in Urdu.
Apparently, a woman was allegedly raped by a man and when her family learned about it, they told the suspect’s family that in order for them to not press charges, the victim’s brother would have to rape the suspect’s sister. Shockingly, they agreed to the terms and went through with the “revenge rape.”
After doing so, the family then attempted to have legal documents created to formalize their agreement. When a law enforcement officer saw the documents, though, he reported them to his superiors and everyone involved was consequently arrested.
According to reports, the woman was initially raped earlier this month in Pakistan. Shortly after being attacked, her rapist, Wasim Saeed, informed his family about what he had done.
Mortified, they then approached the victim’s family for “pardon and reconciliation.” During the meeting of the two families, which consisted of twelve people, Saeed’s family offered to let the victim’s brother rape Saeed’s sister if they agree to not press charges. Horrifically, the victim’s family accepted their offer and the revenge rape was carried out the following day.
After the revenge rape took place, the two families then got together and “prepared legal documents agreeing not to press charges against each other.”
The documents, however, were subsequently seen by Pir Mahal Police Sub-Inspector Shaukat Ali Javed. Upon reading the details of the disturbing agreement, he promptly reported both families to his superiors. They then went out and arrested all twelve people who attended the meeting where the deal was made to cover up the initial rape and exploit the rapist’s sister.
And prior to that, on International Women’s Day, a woman in India had to be rushed to the hospital after her husband poured acid on her face. Apparently, he did so because she gave birth to a girl instead of a boy.
According to reports, the attack on the woman, identified as 25-year-old Farah, took place in Moradabad, India, which is near New Delhi, shortly after she gave birth to a second daughter.
Her husband, who was later identified as 32-year-old Siraj but is also known as Bhura, allegedly threw the acid on her while she was sleeping because he was outraged over the fact that she didn’t have a boy.
After doing so, he then fled the scene. He’s now “wanted for voluntarily causing grievous bodily harm using acid and is the subject of a police manhunt.”
Following the incident, Farah, who had burns to her face, hands, and abdomen, was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
While speaking to reporters shortly after the incident, Farah’s sister, Nusrat Jahan, mentioned that the problems between the couple, who had been together for about eight years, started this past year when Siraj, a labor contractor, “demanded a dowry.”
Farah, who’s currently recovering, mentioned that things quickly escalated after she gave birth to her first daughter.
“After the birth of the first girl, my in-laws started to target me as if I deliberately delivered a baby girl,’ she explained.
“The harassment kept intensifying as time passed by,” she added, noting, for the past one year, things had become really bad.”
One of the things they would reportedly do is demand her to get money from her parents. If she refused, then they’d become violent.
“When I didn’t oblige them, they started to beat me up,” recalled Farah. “It come to a head when my second daughter was born,” she added.
“I was trying to live with the daily dose of torture thinking about the wellbeing of my daughters. I was wondering if I part ways from Siraj who would provide for my two daughters and myself,” continued Farah, noting, “but I could never imagine that he would go to the extent of pouring acid on me. I won’t forgive him for this ever.”
Exploiting or harming another human being, especially a young family member, is one of the worst things a person can do. Because of this, those caught doing so need to be punished as harshly as possible to deter others from doing something similar in the future.