OMG, this is really terrible

Yes, I actually think this is more terrible than the shootings I wrote about yesterday.

Girl, 16, dies after hijab dispute with father

The 16-year-old Mississauga girl who was allegedly strangled by her father in a dispute over her refusal to wear the hijab has died.

Aqsa Parvez, a Grade 11 student at Applewood Heights, succumbed to her injuries late last night, Peel Regional Police said today.

The girl’s 57-year-old father, Muhammad Parvez, has been charged with muder. Aqsa’s 26-year-old brother, Waqas Parvez, has been charged with obstructing police.

Friends believe Aqsa (seen above in a personal photo) was the victim of a dispute over the teenager’s desire to be more western.

This is not in Saudi Arabia or Iran for god’s sake. It’s Canada. (So you kanuks can stop making fun of us here in the U.S. for a short while.)


Donna Druchunas is a freelance technical writer and editor and a knitwear designer. When she's not working, she blogs, studies Lithuanian, reads science and sci-fi books, mouths off on atheist forums, and checks her email every three minutes. (She does that when she's working, too.) Although she loves to chat, she can't keep an IM program open or she'd never get anything else done.

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  1. Oh, I saw that. Sigh.

    Well, I think I'll be taking a break from posting rants for the next couple of weeks. 'Tis, after all, the season to be JOLLY.

    Thanks for that reminder.


  2. I don't know what to say about something like this. How can a stupid arbitrary rule in a religion drive a father to kill his daughter? Why do people do this? So sad…

  3. This sort of thing makes it clear that religion really is a parasite rather than a symbiote. In this case, the guy killed his own child, because she wouldn't submit to his own invisible master.

  4. I'm sorry, but what was it, 372-9 on a money wasting, time wasting resolution recognizing how gosh darn good and wholesome Christians are?

    A death in Mississauga is sad, and shameful, and disgusting, but I'm really more shocked and disgusted by the US House of Representatives.

  5. This is a problem in many countries. In Germany, the police complains that Muslims from Africa immigrate, but they forget Germany has its own Law and want their girls dead. As a result, there is a large program to protect the identities of girls that have run away and are now at the risk of being killed by their own families.

    And just a quick reminder: the xian's bible also recommends the same for unruly children.

  6. xinit said:

    A death in Mississauga is sad, and shameful, and disgusting, but I’m really more shocked and disgusted by the US House of Representatives

    Meh, for me that's sort of a long-standing, continual state of disgust, typically minus any shock as I've long since given up expecting the House to do much aside from wasting time and money in alarming and absurd ways.

  7. here in Italy we had a similar case: a father killed the daughter becouse se dresses like other italian women and was in love with an italian boy.

    A very sad story. Father called his brother to help him killing his own daugther and send wife and son in Pakistan so they cannot interfere with his "act of justice" :(

  8. Fucking little Bronze-Age savages. They aren't fit for civillised society. And I apply this sentiment to ALL religious fundamentalists.

  9. It's articles like this that make me wish I believed strongly in a deity of some kind. At least then I could comfort myself in thinking these people were going to get their just deserts.

    I can scarcely think of a fate that is too gruesome for someone like this.

  10. As a Canadian, I can say that we know we have issues. All the Muslims I have talked to about this issue are just as appalled.

    On a somewhat related note, the province of Québec has a commission right now to get public opinion on reasonable accommodation for non-Québecers. Most of the focus is currently on Muslims. A federal MP has recently added his two-cents by stating how the Canadian multiculturalism threatens the Québec identity.

    So no, Canada is not necessarily better than the US on this front and frankly we should not be comparing each other on who is the worst since no matter what someone is being an idiot and we will have to deal with their mess.

  11. "Bechamel said,

    December 12, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    Is using the language properly really that amusing?
    (Scroll to the third entry.)"

    Indeed it is; Most people will use "desserts," and the fact that the most pernicious of our religions seem to have originated in the desert, I find it quite funny. I am well aware which is the correct useage. I don't often see it.

    So lemme have my @$%! moment, here!

  12. A variety of faiths are fine and dandy. A variety of behavior is not. Hatred, intolerance and murder are inherently wrong and can not be permitted in a stable society.

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