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Murder over hijab?

I really am not trying to attack Islam in any way, but today, it’s just how the stories are coming!

A 16-year-old girl in Toronto was declared dead after her father allegedly attacked her for not wanting to wear a hijab. Of course, this is not the whole story. The two were having arguments about this and she didn’t want to follow the conventional way and was possibly planning to run away.

Aqsa Parvez’s friends told CBC News that the teen had been having arguments with her father because he allegedly wanted her to wear a traditional hijab.

“She kinda wanted to go a different way from the way her family wanted her to go,” said one friend.

They also said that she wanted to escape the family conflict by running away.

The father has been arrested and has admitted to the murder.

This is just one extremely sad and unfortunate events. It looks like a generational disagreement at first, but it had to take the next extreme step. I’m not really sure what to say. It seems as though religion, conservatism and sexism rear its very ugly head here. But let’s just strip away the religious aspect. Too much is blamed on religion nowadays, in my personal opinion. This is a heinous crime that no father should commit against his daughter. I have a very hard time believing that this is a purely religious conflict. I could be completely wrong though. I honestly don’t know enough about Islam to say much more about that. But the fact is that a 16-year-old daughter was killed by her father. I hope justice is brought to this case.

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  1. Kirsty
    December 13, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve read different articles on this case. One said it was a “teen issue” another said that the Hijab is empowering. This makes me so angry, I can barely think straight. First off all, this is not a teen issue, this is an abuse issue and a misogynistic issue. Yes every teen fights with their parents over clothing and makeup and what is and isn’t ok to wear. But it stops being a “teen issue” when the teen is afraid to come home. When the teen is looking for shelters to stay in instead of coming home. And now that I think of it I rarely here of teenage boys fighting with thier parents over what to wear. This is a misogynistic abuse issue.
    As for the Hijab… well I don’t know how wearing something that supposedly makes a blanket statement about something is supposed to be empowering. But even if it is supposed to be empowering it stops being empowering the moment the woman does not get a choice in whether or not to wear it. As soon as it is forced on her it’s no longer empowering, and becomes a form of enslavement.
    Unfortunately this is not the first case I’ve heard of women in middle eastern cultures murdered by their parents for not wanting to conform to the misogynistic attitudes their parents are trying to force on them. Some kind of support needs to be given to women in these cultures to protect them. This is a heinous crime that must be taken extremely seriously.

  1. December 14, 2007 at 3:56 pm

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