Monday, December 17, 2007

Canadian honor killing is now called domestic violence

Following the murderous attack of Aqsa Parvez, CAIR Canada is urging a zero tolerance for domestic violence.

Why is news worthy you ask? It seems to be virtuous endorsement, right? It would be if the underlying details weren't so appalling.

Muhammad Parvez, 57, was arrested after the teen was found unresponsive. Friends of the victim say Aqsa had been arguing with her father over her refusal to wear a hajib. Her brother has also been arrested.

CAIR Canada came out with a statement, "Muslims and Canadians of all faiths need to reflect on the realities of domestic abuse and take concrete steps to eliminate violence against women," said CAIR-CAN Board Member Selma Djukic.

The Islamic Social Services Association also opined, "There should be zero tolerance for violence of any kind against women or girls," said ISSA President Shahina Siddiqui. "The strangulation death of Ms. Parvez was the result of domestic violence, a problem that cuts across Canadian society and is blind to colour or creed."

I wish someone would be brave enough to call this what it is, an islamic honor killing. To equate this 7th century practice with domestic violence does a disservice to the victims of honor killings. The refusal to separate the two eliminates the reality that exists only in the muslim world. Simply renaming this practice performed by the humiliated muslim males does nothing to save future victims. An islamic reformation is needed now.

4 comments:

Ellen said...

I'm with you on this, Janice. "Honor" killings are a form of domestic violence, but they have some unique qualities. We should call them what they are.

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

Malott said...

And a car-bombing is simple road rage.

SkyePuppy said...

And a ritual beheading is a simple stabbing.

janice said...

Thank you for stopping by Ellen. Muslim women are the ones who will bring about the reformation needed for islam to survive the 21st century.

Skye & Chris, thanks for your imput. Why didn't I think of those examples?