Justice Served in Horrific Canadian Honor Murder

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A disobedient woman, who allegedly brings shame to her family, especially when it concerns her sexual behaviour, has to be eliminated. That is what the multicultural West is discovering to its horror as the body count continues to mount of young women, primarily from Muslim families, who run afoul of this foreign and twisted sense of restoring family “honor.” Rather than “honor,” however, Western societies now recognize this alien way of thinking for what it really is: a revolting concept, behind which the most brutal, anti-women crimes are being committed.

The latest North American case involving this “honor” masquerade ended last Sunday in the eastern Ontario city of Kingston where a jury returned a guilty verdict after only 15 hours of deliberation for the mass honor slayings of Rona Amir Mohammed, 50, Zainab Shafia, 19, and her two sisters, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13. The four females were found dead, apparently by drowning, in a vehicle submerged in a canal just outside of Kingston on June 30, 2009.

“This verdict sends a very clear message about our Canadian values and the core principles in a free and democratic society that all Canadians enjoy, and even visitors to Canada enjoy,” prosecutor Gerard Laarhuis said after the trial.

Their killers were, as in most honor murders, close family members: father Mohammed Shafia, 58, mother Tooba Mohammed Yahya, 42, and brother Hamed, 21. Rona Amir Mohammed was Mohammed Shafia’s unwanted first wife. She was in Canada on a visitor’s visa, since polygamy is prohibited in that country. The Shafia family, originally from Afghanistan, had been in Canada for two years by the time of the murders.

Unlike some honor killers, however, who openly and happily admit their crime to the world, so as to leave no doubt their “honor” has been restored, the Shafias continued after the verdict to profess their innocence.

“Sir, I did not drown my sisters anywhere,” Hamed protested in the courtroom.

But the facts of the case are this. Zainab, Sahar and Geeti were three girls who lived in an emotionally and physically abusive home, dominated by a strict father who adhered to the archaic, patriarchal customs of his land of origin. The girls wanted to enjoy the freedoms Canadian girls have, which included determining their own lives. This meant, among other things, having boyfriends, choosing the clothes they wore and hanging out with friends after school.

In the Afghan tribal and clan culture the Shafia parents come from, however, such freedoms are strictly forbidden to females, since women are regarded as possessions of male family members. The men are obligated to ensure their daughters and sisters are virgins when married. This is not only a question of family honor but also a financial one. A non-virgin brings in no bride money on the marriage market. She is valueless. Moreover, a girl who has had pre-marital sex is almost always killed by her male relatives, who believe only blood can wash away this supposed shame and restore the family’s honor. Since it is such a societal obsession, virginity is therefore, literally, a major and vital, life-or-death factor in a girl’s life.

Influenced by the freedom of their Canadian environment, the Shafia girls rebelled against their stifling home situation. Zainab once ran away to a women’s shelter. The father, a Canadian newspaper reported, was “desperate” to get her back, since her absence inflamed his greatest fear: She may be having sex. (European social workers say even just one night away from home is enough for a family to pass a death sentence on the offending female member.) Hamed also caught Sahar sneaking a boyfriend into the house when their parents were away in Dubai, while 13-year-old Geeti, apparently the most strong-willed of the three, was asking teachers and social workers to put her in a foster home. The fact Zainab and Sahar had boyfriends would also have condemned them as “whores” in their family’s eyes.

Photos on Zainab’s and Zahar’s cellphones also helped seal the girls’ fate. They showed the girls with boyfriends and by themselves but scantily clad. Some photos were found in Hamed’s briefcase, and the prosecution believed he showed them to his father. These had a devastating effect on Mohammed Shafia. On a police wiretap only weeks after his daughters’ deaths, he raged to his wife:

What excess had we committed, that they …undressed themselves in front of boys? God curse their graduation! Curse of God on both of them! God’s curse on them for generations! May the devil shit on their graves! Is that what a daughter should be? Would (a daughter) be such a whore?

The reason Rona Amir Mohammed was killed is more obscure. She was barren, which caused Mohammed Shafia to take a second wife, who treated the first wife cruelly. Rona Mohammed was also very close to the dead girls, whom she helped raised, and may have been seen as a bad influence, or she may simply have been regarded as superfluous. Rona Mohammed had, however, expressed fears for her safety to her own relatives.

“She was afraid,” her brother later said. “She had threats that if she went to the police, we will kill you.”

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  • diann

    I hope this tragic confirmation of the cultural traditions embraced by many immigrants to the west, will encoruage the liberal multi-culturalists to re-evaluate their beliefs about including and accepting the practices of all newcomers to our society. It's time we screened immigrants and clearly told them that any destructive belief systems would not be tolerated and that they must accept the laws of western society, not the laws of their homeland. Not much hope though – as I understand many are coming to take over our lands, not to integrate and join us in building this great country.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Your comment hit home but I would hold my breath. The Muslim killers may get better and undetectable or the politically correct crowd may provide them with some type of cover. There are some western courts that have expressed relevance for Muslim religious violence.

  • umustbkidding

    These people are so screwed up. While killing their daughters for the possibility of not being virgins, these men dream of going to heaven and having 144 virgins bestowed upon them.

    Now isn't heaven supposed to be where there is no sinning? How does that work with deflowering 144 girls and making them whores?

    • Stuart Parsons

      Muhammad claimed the houris of Heaven are of such a kind that their virginity is endlessly renewable. Allah designed them in this way because he knows how desirous of virgins Muslim men are……. although of course they are not virgins themselves. There is no need to discuss and argue about this delicate matter. All one needs to do is remember….. Allah knows best.. Please say a prayer for Muhammad who suffering torture in his grave because he peed down his leg.

  • mrbean

    Pat Condell on liberals and Candaian Dhimmitude: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUTFcgE1F7w

  • Marty

    This is the real face of islamic arrogance and insensitivity to human decency. We can only imagine how many other children and teens live in fear of their lives from members of their own family. Of course, this case is more evidence (not that any was needed) of how toxic islam and how murderous its application is to people who simply want to enjoy their lives in freedom. We don't have to tolerate the parasite of islam. Like communism and fascism, islam's content is in direct contradiction of our laws. As Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson once said, "The Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact."

  • AntiSharia

    This is exactly why Muslims should not be allowed to Immigrate to the west. We don't need them bringing their barbarism over here.

    • randy

      Just like the abuse the christians put on the natives as thier land was being stolen. All christian religions shut be banned from canada.

  • Bryce Armstrong

    "Justice is served"?…and yet they still get to live.

  • UCSPanther

    You know what would be better?

    If the Shafia murderers spent the rest of their days in a pain amplifier…

  • xkn

    I am sure this is just an isolated incident and not reason to condemn the whole cuuuulture!
    Bring more in!

  • Ghostwriter

    It's a shame they don't have the death penalty in Canada. The Shafias seem to me like perfect candidates for it.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate via the eventual imposition of Sharia for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme. Which is why just like clockwork the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in country after country flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and instead form Muslim only enclaves that in time eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside. Hence, since mass Muslim immigration to the West is in reality covert non-violent jihad for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, the last thing a Muslim family will tolerate is for their own children to become blasphemers and apostates, as nothing else will invite more dishonor other than that.

    Indeed, if a Muslim family doesn't murder their own wayward children under those circumstances, to the Islamic community that would mean that the parents involved endorsed their wayward children's blasphemous un-Islamic behavior.

    Thus, unless the parents want to be murdered themselves for the crime of blasphemy, then they have no other choice but to murder their own children. As if this kind of un-Islamic and blasphemous behavior is allowed to stand unpunished, it could possibly undermine the entire covert non-violent jihad. Indeed, it is much more than just honor at stake. It's their own lives as well.

    The West must outlaw Islam and ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration ASAP. Indeed, look around the world, Muslims never ever assimilate and integrate, and they cost hundreds of billions of dollars just to accommodate.

    • God'srighthandwoman

      You are so right on that! It is only a matter of time that these muslim fanatics try to force us all to convert, like they have begun in Australia and countries around Europe. We need to deal with them now, while we still can. Failing that, I advise every household to arm themselves, just to be on the safe side. If our governments won't help us by deporting these insane fanatics, we will eventually have to help ourselves.

    • Ghostwriter

      I'm wondering something,will these people try to force their religion on other immigrants to this country or what?

      • ObamaYoMoma

        I'm wondering something,will these people try to force their religion on other immigrants to this country or what?

        What people? Muslim immigrants? Muslim immigrants only immigrate to eventually make Islam supreme via the eventual imposition of Sharia. Hence, at that point all non-Muslim unbelievers regardless of where they are from will become harsh and degraded less than second class citizens.

        In addition, Islam is not a religion. It's a supremacist theo-political totalitarian ideology that masquerades as being a religion to dupe the gullible societies it intends to subjugate into a very draconian form of Islamic totalitarianism via the imposition of Sharia for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    If abuse of women meant automatic castration, mandated by law with no
    exception, rape would mostly end and so would Islamist immigration and
    colonization of the West. In America where our lawmakers and citizens
    are weak and show no backbone in dealing with crime this will never
    happen. There could come a day when the strong are fed up with and
    effete and criminal political class ruling over their lives and destroying
    the future of the Nation and act, possible, maybe………………………William

  • Jaladhi

    They should have been sentenced to be drowned just like those innocent victims!!! Nothing less!!

  • honest john

    Everyone everywhere needs tio wake up to islamic fundamentalism, Be ready ,where its legal, be armed, one day , you will be glad you were.Islam does not negotiate, or compromise, they believe lying to "kaffir"is not a sin, trickery of them is accepteble, killing them or converting them is ther spiritual obligation.