Friends and classmates of a 16-year-old girl who police say was murdered by her devout Muslim father in a Toronto suburb told local media Tuesday she was killed for not wearing a hijab.Certainly, parents have substantial authority over their children. I know of a kid from a Mormon family who left the house dressed the way Mom and Dad wanted--and as soon as he was a block away, like Clark Kent stripping off his dress shirt to expose the big red "S" underneath, kaboom! Then the heavy metal T-shirt would appear. But imposing rules about dress and behavior doesn't extend to killing rebellious kids.
Police said in a statement they received an emergency call at 7:55 am local time Monday from "a man who indicated that he had just killed his daughter."
The victim, Aqsa Parvez, was "rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but tragically passed away late last night."
Her father, Muhammad Parvez, 57, was arrested at the scene and will be formally charged with murder when he appears in court Wednesday, said police.
The girl's friends, meanwhile, told local media she was having trouble at home because she did not conform to the family's religious beliefs and refused to wear a traditional Islamic head scarf, or hijab.
"She wanted to go different ways than her family wanted to go, and she wanted to make her own path, but he (her father) wouldn't let her," one of her classmates told public broadcaster CBC.
"She loved clothes," another of her friends, Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson, told the daily Toronto Star. "She just wanted to show her beauty ... She just wanted to dress like us, just like a normal person."
According to her friends, Aqsa had worn the hijab at school last year, but rebelled in recent months.
They said she would leave home wearing a hijab and loose-fitting clothes, but would take off her head scarf and change into tighter garments at school, then change back before going home at the end of the day.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I Hope Canada Prosecutes This Vigorously
But since the place is run by multicultural PCers, I am a bit worried that they may decide to respect the father's traditional culture instead: