A 17-year-old’s parents were strict Muslims and hated Shafilea’s westernised fashion choices, often calling her a ‘prostitute’ and a ‘whore’ and beating and starving her as a punishment. Respect it, islamophobes! Raise awareness or try to help and you will be demonized, vilified and banned.
Over 91% of honor killings worldwide are Islamic.
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According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, “In the name of preserving family ‘honor,’ women and girls are shot, stoned, burned, buried alive, strangled, smothered and knifed to death with horrifying regularity.” Between 5,000 and 20,000 so-called honor killings are committed each year, based on long-held beliefs that any female who commits — or is suspected of committing — an “immoral” act should be killed to “restore honor” to her family.
But of course that number is far higher.
Because so many honor killings are never reported — and because international organizations are discouraged from keeping statistics on such politically sensitive practices — no one knows how many honor killings occur each year.
“In 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that ‘Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.’
“The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but ‘the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour “provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.”‘” (Source: Jihadwatch).
91% of Honor Crimes In The World Are Committed By Muslims (study)
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There were 2,823 victims of “violence based on honor” in Britain last year, according to (limited) police statistics for 2011 obtained by a women’s rights organization for Iranian and Kurdish communities obtained through a request for access to information: a dozen murders occur each year.
Apologists want honor killings to be treated as domestic violence to avoid embarrassing questions about the values of others, but in fact they are very different crimes. Domestic violence involves a person (usually a man) who beats or kills another person. Honor crimes and honor-based violence are a family matter.
These crimes are underreported, but every year there are several thousands around the world. Here are some striking statistics and conclusions from an in-depth academic study of 172 honor crimes, based on information published in English-language media around the world.
It is more a cultural than a religious phenomenon, stemming from the tribal bad habits of South Asia and the Middle East, and if the Hindus, the Sikhs, and rarely Christians do it, the brutal truth is that honor crimes are mainly committed by Muslims against Muslim victims (91% in the world, 84% in North America, 96% in Europe) .
Worldwide, two thirds of the victims (93% women) were killed by their families of origin: 49% in North America, 66% in Europe and 72% in Muslim countries. More than half of the victims experienced an atrocious death, having been burned alive, stoned, decapitated, stabbed repeatedly, or after gang rape.
In 58% of the cases, it was because they were “too westernized” , which included: lack of subordination, rejection of Islamic dress, wanting to make a career, attending non-Muslims or having a non-Muslim boyfriend, an arranged marriage or leaving a violent husband. This criterion covers 91% of murders in North America, 71% in Europe and 43% in the Muslim world. In the other cases, the killings were committed for different sexual conduct (for example, having been raped or accused of adultery).
A recent poll by the BBC’s Asian network of 500 Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims revealed an alarming fact: 1 in 10 would endorse the murder of anyone who taints the honor of his family . The statement of Mohammad Shafia that “even if they drag me to the gallows, nothing is more precious to me than my honor,” has deep cultural roots.
NO HONOUR ‘My best friend’s parents suffocated her with a plastic bag and made her siblings watch – all because she was wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt
AS Shafilea Ahmed left work in her new T-shirt, she knew her mum was going to have something to say about it.
But she had no idea the row which was about to ensue over her dress sense would end in her being murdered in the family home in front of her siblings.
The 17-year-old’s parents were strict Muslims and hated Shafilea’s westernised fashion choices, often calling her a ‘prostitute’ and a ‘whore’ and beating and starving her as a punishment.
But on September 11, 2003, the argument over Shafilea’s T-shirt – a clothing choice which her parents said embarrassed them and brought shame on their family – ended with her mum and dad stuffing a carrier bag into her mouth until she turned blue.
Her horrified siblings watched on in horror as they killed their own daughter in a brutal attack in their Warrington home, before their dad bundled her lifeless body into the car and dumped her body in a river 70 miles away.
It would take nine years before her sister Alesha, 30, finally broke rank to reveal her family’s horrific secret to the police.
In a new documentary, When Missing Turns To Murder, journalists, investigators and friends of the Ahmed family reveal the harrowing extent of Shafilea’s abuse, and the wall of silence the police were met with from her family and the wider community following her death.
Even now, 16 years on, some of her siblings still refuse to admit their parent’s vile actions.
Killed for wearing make-up
Born in July 1986, Shafilea was the first child of Farzana and Iftikhar Ahmed, cousins who had an arranged marriage.
The life they built together was strict – but despite this, teenage Shafilea wore make-up and false nails.
She had an interest in fashion, and even dreamt of becoming a lawyer some day.
“She texted boys,” says family friend Shahin Munir, who attended the same mosque as Shafilea’s sisters. “But obviously it was hidden. It couldn’t be on her mobile phone because her parents would check.”
Iftikhar and Farzana deeply disproved of their daughter’s ‘westernised’ way of life.
“I’d heard there were physical beatings and a lot of emotional abuse,” says Shahin. “Her sister told me her parents would lock Shafilea in the garden. She wanted to escape her home, for her it was hell.”
‘She drank bleach in a suicide attempt’
Determined to curb her rebellious ways, the family arranged a family holiday to Pakistan where they intended to marry Shafilea off to one of her cousins.
But Shafilea was terrified, and refused to go. So her father drugged her with sleeping tablets and forced her to get on the flight.
When she woke up in Pakistan, Shafilea was so terrified about what may happen to her that she drank bleach in a desperate suicide attempt, severely burning her throat and oesophagus.
The family rushed her to hospital where she stayed for two months while she recovered.
Her father cashed in her return ticket for £250 and flew back to the UK with her two sisters.
When Shafilea returned to the UK, she spent a couple of weeks in hospital in Warrington, where Iftikhar claimed she’d mistaken a bottle of bleach for mouthwash.
When she eventually came home, her parents isolated Shafilea – and while she went to school and worked part-time in a call centre, her mum insisted on picking her up everyday, watching her every move.
Furious at her for refusing the marriage and for, in their opinion, bringing shame on the family, her parents decided to carry out an honour killing on their eldest daughter.
They executed it in front of Shafilea’s three younger sisters and brother.
After dumping Shafilea’s body in the river, her parents warned their other kids they’d kill them too if they ever spoke of the incident again….
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