Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Eleventh Grader Strangled in Honor Killing

At least Aqsa's murderers won't go free, as did Amina and Sarah Said's murdering father and brother, Yaser and Islam Said. Aqsa's father and brother have pleaded guilty to her cold blooded, pre-meditated murder. Aqsa, dear one, can now rest in peace.

School friends of Aqsa Parvez say they knew that one day they'd be told the 16-year-old would be fighting for her life.

Aqsa's school chums at Applewood Heights Secondary School say she wanted to break free from the cultural restraints imposed by family.

Friend Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson, 16, said Aqsa told her something could possibly "happen."

"She was scared to go home," she said.

Aqsa had recently been staying with a friend and wanted to return home

Aqsa had recently been staying with a friend and wanted to return home to get her belongings, friends said.


They said this year the Grade 11 student began taking off her hijab, a traditional headscarf, as she headed to school and put it back on when she returned home.

Friends said her father allowed her to wear "regular clothes," but only if she wore the hijab.

"She wanted to dress like us," said one girl. "To be normal."

"Yes, we were really worried" about Aqsa returning home to get her clothes, Dominiquia said.(more here)

Atlas readers did a righteous thing for Aqsa and victims of honor killings worldwide in planting the Aqsa Parvez memorial grove in American Independence Park in Jerusalem, after discovering that Aqsa was lying in an unmarked grave in accordance with the dictates of Islam. (Honor victims shame the family.)

Father and son plead guilty to murdering Aqsa Parvez The Star (hat tip Marinka)

Muslim teen’s death prompted debate over hijab

In a stunning development, Aqsa Parvez’s father and youngest brother admitted on Tuesday they strangled her in her bedroom.

Muhammad Parvez, 60, and son Waqas, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 16-year-old Mississauga high school student’s death on the morning of Dec. 10, 2007.

At the time, Aqsa’s death sent shockwaves through the GTA prompting heated debate on the hijab, the challenges of integration for newcomers, and whether or not her death was the GTA’s first crime of honour or a horrible case of domestic violence.

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