Date: 11 Nov 2009


A Gruesome Honour Killing in Mumbai Submitted by Dr Radhasyam Br... on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 23:18 It is now beyond any doubt that in Muslim society women are simply sex objects to be raped, male Muslims are rapists and every Muslim household is a mini whore-house. Every male member of such a house-hold rapes his near cousins, sisters in law, daughters in law, nieces and any other near female relative without facing any conviction and punishment, while the victims have to keep their mouths shut as to prove such a crime in a Shariah court she needs to produce 4 male witnesses which is next to impossible. On the contrary, if she fails to do so, she is liable to be prosecuted of committing an adultery that commands lashing or stoning to death as the punishment. Therefore, in most cases, women who are raped in Muslim countries end up being punished while the rapist gets off free. So, it can be said that, women in Muslim society are no better than chained animals. To describe their lack freedom, Ms Wafa Sultan says, ”Now in America , I enjoy freedom. I can now talk with a male member of my next door neighbour without being convicted of committing an adultery.” On the other hand, if a woman is found to do anything like falling in love or marry someone without the prior approval of the male members of the family, or refuse to follow Islamic dress code, she runs the risk of being a victims of honor killing. Just a few days ago, on Oct 19 (2009), Noor Faleh Almaleki, a 21 year-old girl student was allegedly run over by her father Faleh Hassan Almaleki, a 48-year old Iraqi American of Glendale, Arizona. He allegedly ran his daughter down on Tuesday at a parking lot in Peoria as she despised Islamic dress code. On the same day, i.e. on October 19, 2009, a Jordanian man was arrested for stabbing his 22-year-old daughter to death because she became pregnant outside wedlock. On the previous day, the father and his brother took the girl to a doctor because she suffered from stomach pains, and everybody was surprised to learn that she was six months pregnant. On their way home, the father stabbed the girl with a sword 25 times in her stomach, killing her immediately as well as her unborn baby boy. The source said the suspect has confessed to the crime following the murder, which took place in the Jordan Valley . His brother was also charged with premeditated murder, while the victim's boyfriend is being held in custody for his own protection. In another incident on August 21, 2008, in Jordan , days before her 21st birthday, Rana Riad Muhammad Siwahra, wife and mother of two girls (aged 3 and 5) was murdered by her father. After stabbing her with a knife five-six times in the stomach and chest, he smashed her skull in with a large rock. Afterwards, he washed his hands and went to the market where he was later arrested. According to the Chicago Tribune, “On May 31, 1994, Kifaya Husayn, a 16-year-old Jordanian girl, was lashed to a chair by her 32-year-old brother. He gave her a drink of water and told her to recite an Islamic prayer. Then he slashed her throat. Immediately afterward, he ran out into the street, waving the bloody knife and crying, ‘I have killed my sister to cleanse my honor.’ Kifaya’s crime? She was raped by another brother, a 21-year-old man. Murder is punishable by the death penalty in Jordan but in such cases of the so-called "honour killings" a court usually commutes or reduces sentences, particularly if the victim's family urges leniency. In the past, parliament has refused to institute harsher penalties. Around 15-20 women are murdered each year in Jordan in the name of honour, despite government efforts to fight such crimes. So far this year, 17 cases have been reported. It may be mentioned in this connection that on March 28, 2006, a Jordanian man killed his sister to cleanse his family’s honor in the southern city of Aqaba . In a similar incident, another Jordanian killed his sister on November 17, 2004, to save his family from dishonor. On October 15, 2008, a young man Taher of Murid Wal village near Lahore , Pakistan , killed his 40-year old mother Muktaran Bibi to restore family honor. The victim’s son suspected that his mother was involved in an illegal affair with a local and he regularly quarreled with her, and on Monday, after yet another argument, he used a sharp-edged weapon to viciously stab her to death. A year ago, on February 24, 2007, Pakistani police in Karachi arrested two men in a remote village in the southern Sindh province and accused them of killing two young women for allegedly having sex outside marriage. The suspects, who are uncles of the women, were caught after authorities were tipped off by the girls’ parents In another incident, on May 3, 2009, Ayman Udas, who was in her early thirties, was killed by her brothers as an act of honor killing. Udas sang and wrote compositions in her native Pashto language, spoken in the tribal areas and the North-West Frontier province . She also frequently performed on PTV, the state-run channel. Despite Udas's popularity her family felt it was sinful for women performing on television and strongly opposed her. According to the report, her two brothers reportedly entered her flat on 3rd May, 2009, while her husband was out and fired three bullets into her chest. Neither of the brothers has been caught. In 2001, in Gujar Khan, Pakistan , Zahida Perveen’s husband attacked her, gouged out both her eyes, cut off her nose, and her ears. He wrongly suspected her of adultery. According to Time magazine, in September 2003 in Iraq , Ali Jasib Mushiji, 17, shot his mother and half brother because he suspected them of having an affair and killed his 4-year-old sister because he thought she was their child. The same report (Time magazine, in September 2003) also recounts that “Last November, Qadisiyah Misad, 16, ran away from her family's home on the outskirts of Baghdad . Within days, one of her brothers and a cousin tracked her down on a city street and hauled her back home. According to Essam Wafik al-Jadr, the judge who prosecuted the case, one of Misad's brothers cornered his teenage sister in the living room; he then drew a pistol and shot several bullets into her.” It should also be mentioned here that on April 7, 2007, a 17 year-old Iraqi Kurd girl Du’a Khalil Aswad of the Yazidi faith was stoned to death by her father and uncle. Some reports claim that Aswad was murdered for having converted to Islam to marry an Iraqi Sunni boy. One is shocked to know tha a Muslim father in Iran cut off his 7-year-old daughter’s head because he suspected that she had been raped by her uncle. The incident helps one understand on what grounds the Muslim girls are being murdered by her male family members as an act of honor killing and what kind of sexual offences are being committed in Muslim households. From the above narrations, one may think that honor killing of women is an affair confined to the so called Islamic countries. But in reality, it is spreading in the Western world as well. The reader may remember that on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, A 50 year-old Egyptian-born Muslim taxi driver, Yaser Abdel Said, murdered his two daughters, Sarah Said (17) and Amina Said (18), in Las Colinas, a suburb north of Dallas , in Texas , USA , for discarding Islamic dress-code and refusing to wear hijab (veil). He shot his daughters in his taxi, which was parked in front of a hotel and let them die in the taxi. Texas authorities are in a manhunt for the absconding father who supposed to be armed and dangerous. On December 10, 2007, a Pakistani taxi driver in Toronto , Canada , killed his own daughter Aqsa due to the same reason. The sixteen year old Aqsa refused to cover her body with hijab or veil and wanted to live like other Canadian girls. According to press report, the girl died in a local hospital on Monday night (December 10) after she was allegedly strangled by her father Muhammad Parvez, 57, in a Toronto suburb, where many Pakistani live. On February 13, 2009, in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, 44 year-old Muzzamil Hassan, a prominent Muslim businessman was arrested for having be-headed his wife, 37 year-old Aasiya Z. Hassan. The husband had committed that terrifying crime as Aasiya dared to obtain an order of protection from her cruel husband, wanted a divorce and sought to live a life free of daily violence. According to a report appeared in “The Independent”, London , on July 1, 2008, Over 120 honor killings have occurred in UK within a past few tears and the police is investigating 120 deaths. It also said nearly 12 women are murdered every year in Britain as terrifying honor killing. From the above incidents, it appears that only the male members of a Muslim family take active part in murdering their daughters, sisters or mothers, as an act of honor killing. But it is really astonishing that the honor killing, that took place in the suburb of South Mumbai on July 2, 2006, the mother of the victim actively assisted her husband to kill her daughter and cut her into pieces. A press report appeared in major Indian dailies on July 12, 2008, said that the parents of an 18-year old girl were sentenced to life by a court in Mumbai for murdering their daughter and cutting her into several pieces. On the previous day, the Additional sessions judge Mr O S Jaiswal held Mohammad Munna Sardar Khan (38) and his wife Shenaz Khan (35) guilty of murdering their daughter Mehnaz Khan on July 2, 2006 and disposing off her body by cutting it into 11 pieces and dumping them in a gunny bag. The gruesome crime was committed by the parents as their daughter fell in love with a Hindu boy, eloped with him and married him. The court, while delivering its verdict, observed that the case was one of rarest as the convicts strangled their own daughter with a towel and then cut her body into 11 pieces. The court also observed that though perpetrators of such a cruelty deserved death sentence, the court showed leniency and sentenced them to minimum punishment for the moral responsibility towards other 5 children of the two accused. As mentioned above, Mehnaz Khan and the Maharastrian Hindu boy Vidyanand Jadahv were in love for past several years and eloped to a place called Panve and got married. When Munna Sardar Khan and Sehnaz Khan came to know that their daughter was living with her husband at Panvel, they went there and Sehnaz pleaded with Mehnaz to return home. Both Sehnaz and Munna Khan assured Mehnaz that, once she comes home, they would accept her marriage with Vidyanand. However they succeeded to pursue Mehnaz and bring her to their South Mumbai home. But after she returned home nearly at 11 pm at night, Munna Khan strangulated Mehnaz to death with a towel while Sehnaz sat on her chest to prevent her from an escape. According to the investigating officer Hinduram Patin, Munna Khan then dragged the body to the bathroom and cut it into 11 pieces. He also peeled off the skin from the victim’s face and disfigured it by cutting the nose so that no one could identify it after a possible discovery. He then dumped the pieces in a gunny bag and threw it near the Byculla bridge. The body was recovered after a few days when the local people complained of stence. The police could trace the culprits by following the name of the company printed on the gunny bag. After a preliminary enquiry, the police could learn that the company had delivered the gunny bag to one G N Shop, a grocery store belonging to Munna Khan. So a criminal case was filed and the court, despite the evidence of an eyewitness, could convict Munna Khan and his wife guilty of the crime on the basis of other material evidence, as mentioned above. The incident help one gauge the degree of Islamic brainwashing which motivates even a mother to kill her own daughter. While the entire world of non-Muslims calls for an immediate ban on this bloody practice of honor killing, the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, while commenting on it, said that honor killings were perpetuated on those who deserved to die. He said that those who are killed had "loose morals" and were rightfully shot by relatives in honor killings. 000000000