After killing his youngest child early in the morning of Dec. 10, 2007, the Parvez patriarch woke his wife to tell her why, declaring: “My [Muslim] community will say you have not been able to control your daughter. This is my insult. She is making me naked.” Read more here
Her father, she said, had “sworn to her on the Koran that if she ran away again he would kill her,” the statement of facts says.
An so he did.
At least Aqsa's murderers won't go free, as did Amina and Sarah Said's murdering father and brother, Yaser and Islam Said. Aqsa's father and brother have pleaded guilty to her cold blooded, pre-meditated murder. Aqsa, dear one, can now rest in peace.
School friends of Aqsa Parvez say they knew that one day they'd be told the 16-year-old would be fighting for her life.
Aqsa's school chums at Applewood Heights Secondary School say she wanted to break free from the cultural restraints imposed by family.
Friend Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson, 16, said Aqsa told her something could possibly "happen."
"She was scared to go home," she said.
Aqsa had recently been staying with a friend and wanted to return home to get her belongings, friends said.
They said this year the Grade 11 student began taking off her hijab, a traditional headscarf, as she headed to school and put it back on when she returned home.
Friends said her father allowed her to wear "regular clothes," but only if she wore the hijab.
"She wanted to dress like us," said one girl. "To be normal."
"Yes, we were really worried" about Aqsa returning home to get her clothes, Dominiquia said.(more here)
Atlas readers did a righteous thing for Aqsa and victims of honor killings worldwide in planting the Aqsa Parvez memorial grove in American Independence Park in Jerusalem, after discovering that Aqsa was lying in an unmarked grave in accordance with the dictates of Islam. (Honor victims shame the family.)
Our plaque is 4 X 4. It will also be green to indicate our designation to the grove.
Muslim teen’s death prompted debate over hijab
In a stunning development, Aqsa Parvez’s father and youngest brother admitted on Tuesday they strangled her in her bedroom.
Muhammad Parvez, 60, and son Waqas, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 16-year-old Mississauga high school student’s death on the morning of Dec. 10, 2007.
At the time, Aqsa’s death sent shockwaves through the GTA prompting heated debate on the hijab, the challenges of integration for newcomers, and whether or not her death was the GTA’s first crime of honour or a horrible case of domestic violence.
Previously at Atlas: The Aqsa Parvez Resoultion
UPDATE: Stunning account of Aqsa's tortured life living in a devout Muslim household. Worse yet is how the west ties itself in knots not to mention the 800 lb quran in the room:
Aqsa Parvez’s murder was a gender-based crime motivated by patriarchal concepts of honour and shame, which the defendants had chosen to adopt,” Crown attorney Mara Basso told the court.
She had no privacy, not even in her bedroom, which had to be passed through by her parents whenever they went to their own room. A part of her bedroom wall was even removed, providing a view inside to her parents, her seven siblings or the wives of three of her brothers who also lived in the house.
Her telephone access was restricted. She was not allowed to socialize and had to go straight home after school and was expected to remain with her family on weekends.
And when she told her father in 2006 that she no longer wished to wear the hijab, the headscarf worn by some Muslim women, it was done at a school-arranged mediation with officials of the Children’s Aid Society and India Rainbow Services present.
He refused to permit it.
The familial conflict over Pakistani tradition and Western culture in the year leading to her slaying documented in court the so-called “honour killing” nature of the crime, a contention that was controversial at the time of her death.
The Parvez patriarch came to Canada from Pakistan in 1999 with his eldest son and was granted refugee status. In 2001, the matriarch, Anwar Jan, joined him along with their seven other children, including Aqsa who was 11.
“All of the women in the family dressed traditionally. None of the women in the family worked outside the home. The women were financially dependent on the men,” says an agreed statement of facts read in court.
“The marriages of all of the children were traditionally arranged. All the children married their cousins from Pakistan, who subsequently immigrated to Canada.”
A husband had already been picked out in Pakistan for Aqsa and arrangements between the families were underway.
A year before her murder, Aqsa confided to friends and school officials of arguments at home. She said a sister who also attended Applewood High School was spying on her and reporting to her father.
School officials met with her father on Sept. 17, 2007, court heard. He said he intended to pull Aqsa out of the public school and enrol her in an Islamic school. Aqsa was asked what she wanted and she said she wished to stay at Applewood. After discussions, he agreed to let her stay.
Privately, however, she told school officials she was afraid to return home because of what had taken place. She said that she had been told by her father to say she wished to leave.
“Aqsa told her counsellor that she was afraid her father would kill her because she did not say what she was supposed to,” according to the statement of facts.
The counsellor arranged for her to stay at a shelter that night. At the end of the school day she returned to the counsellor’s office, shaken. Her father and a sister were waiting for her outside the school. The counsellor took her out the back door and into a taxi to the shelter.
The week before her death, as she lived at a friend’s house, she prepared a résumé in her quest for a part-time job.
“During this week, Aqsa appeared happy and determined to start a new life for herself,” says the statement. What she did not know was that her brother, Waqas, was trying to get a gun, telling a colleague that he was going to kill his sister and his father was going to take the blame.
On Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, Aqsa was waiting for a bus to take her to school. Before it arrived, Waqas pulled up in a van.
“Oh my God, he is here again,” she told a friend, adding she would be right back. She got into her brother’s van at 7:20 a.m.
Asqa was strangled in her room and her father called a family meeting — motioning with his hands how he had killed her — before, at 7:56 a.m., phoning 911 to say he had “killed his daughter” with his own hands.
At 8:03 a.m. police arrived and found Aqsa lying face up on her bed. She had no vital signs and blood dribbled from her nose.
Inside the home were 11 family members.
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