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Canada: Forced marriage, Is it a crime? A legal issue dealt with abroad now emerges in Canada

August 31, 2012

Shafilea Ahmed drank bleach after her parents drugged her and dragged her onto a plane to Pakistan where they planned to marry her to a much older man.

The 17-year-old’s desperate ploy succeeded in getting her sent back home to Britain where she spent eight weeks in hospital. Tragically, it didn’t save her life: Seven months later Shafilea was dead, suffocated by her parents, who forced a plastic bag down her throat in front of her siblings as a warning against them acquiring their sister’s “western” habits.

Should we call it ‘honour killing’? No!

January 30, 2012

It’s a false distancing of ourselves from a too-common crime: the murder of females.

'Honour'-based violence runs deep and wide

February 2, 2012

The issue must be seen in the context of violence against women and the inequality found throughout society.

Honour killings in Canada: even worse than we believe

January 31, 2012

Do we focus on so-called honour killings precisely because the victims are Muslims, or South Asians, or Middle Easterners?

Canada: Imams Show Leadership in Speaking out against Violence Against Women

December 18, 2011

A group of Canadian imams is right to use a high-profile trial as a timely opportunity to condemn violence and abuse committed in the name of family honour.

While there is no honour in killing, honour-based violence does exist. It is a manifestation not of religion, but of culture, and is more prevalent in countries with patriarchal traditions where adultery is punishable by law such as Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Canada is not immune from such influences.

Violence against aboriginal women could lead to UN inquiry

December 13, 2011

The United Nations is set to conduct an inquiry into Canada's cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women, two Canadian groups lobbying for the action announced on Tuesday. Pictured, protesters chant outside the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in Vancouver, British Columbia October 11, 2011.

Canada: BC Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Polygamy

November 23, 2011

A BC judge has upheld Canada's ban on polygamy, calling it constitutional and infringing on religious freedom only a little.

Canada: New insights on 'honour killings' in report by Ontario police

September 15, 2011

The phrase “honour killing” is a misnomer that should be shunned because it emphasizes a twisted rationale for murder rather than the murder itself, and even in Canada the notion has spawned instances of judicial leniency toward the killer, a landmark report on domestic violence among South Asian immigrants concludes.

Canada/USA: Investigation of Cross-Border Underage Polygamous Marriages

August 9, 2011

VANCOUVER — The RCMP is preparing to head to Texas to look for more than two dozen brides from Bountiful, B.C., who were allegedly sent across the border as teens to marry older men, including a polygamous leader now facing a life sentence for sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

The Mounties launched a new criminal investigation into Bountiful earlier this year after a constitutional case examining Canada's anti-polygamy law heard allegations of cross-border marriages in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Time To Lead: Islam in Canada

July 6, 2011

This summer, thousands of people will become new Canadian citizens. Many of them will be Muslims. They have come to Canada from every corner of the globe and, like my parents did 24 years ago, they will make this peaceful, progressive nation their home.

My parents left behind Pakistan and chose Canada for the same reasons many other Muslim immigrants came here 20, 30 or 40 years ago: for democracy, freedom, stability and modernity.

Canada: Few disagree that polygamy can cause harm

March 31, 2011

After more than two months of hearing evidence on polygamy, there’s no one in the Vancouver courtroom who disagrees that the practice can be harmful.

The most disturbing evidence the B.C. government presented is that as many as 31 under-aged girls — the youngest only 12 and 13 — were trafficked by their fathers and brothers between the fundamentalist Mormon communities in Bountiful, B.C. and the United States.

Canada: Aqsa Parvez’s father and son have both been given life sentences for her murder

June 16, 2010

For years, Muhammad Parvez had been in absolute control of his family: he set the rules, he made the decisions and he told his eight children, including the adult ones, exactly how to live their lives.

But Aqsa Parvez, 16, the youngest in the family, dared to challenge her father’s rule.

She first refused his demands to wear the hijab and the traditional Pakistani clothing her four older sisters always wore. She hung out with girls outside her own culture and when things became intolerable at home, she opted to live in a shelter.

Canada: Polygamy Law

Polyamorists, civil libertarians, supporters of Holocaust deniers square off against B.C. teachers, a Catholic family coalition, REAL Women

By Daphne Bramham

Children play at polygamist community Bountiful. Several groups with intervener status in the hearing on the constitutionality of anti-polygamy laws are concerned about the rights of children.
Photograph by: Ian Smith, Vancouver Sun

It's a rare day when feminists, conservative Christians, anti-abortionists, Muslim women and child advocates join forces.

Update: Canadian Polygamist leader, Winston Blackmore

This is a update on the January 2009 WLUML Call for Action in the case of the Canadian Polygamist leader, Winston Blackmore

India - "Holiday Brides" Abandoned by Husbands in UK, US, Canada

"Holiday brides" in India have been deserted by husbands from the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

By Soraya Roberts
November 23, 2009

Patriarchy and violence against women exist in all societies

Patriarchy and violence against women exist in all societies

Media are wrong to focus on 'honour killing' as reason for violence


To cure honour killings 'cancer'

Tarek Fatah, National Post Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ottawa man guilty in 'honour killings' of sister, fiance

OTTAWA - A "twisted sense of values'' led an Ottawa man to murder his sister and the man she loved, the judge in an honour killing trial said Saturday.

Honour killings trial begins

A court heard Thursday that Hasibullah Sadiqi shot his sister and her fiancee because he believed she had brought dishonour on his family by getting engaged without their father's consent.

Victim's family sues suspect in honor killing

STOCKTON - A man who awaits a murder trial on charges he gunned down his daughter's former lover now faces a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court seeking $15 million on grounds he caused the man's family emotional suffering.

Gurparkash Khalsa, 56, remains in jail charged with killing Ajmer Hothi, 23, on March 27, 2007.

Hothi's mother found him shot to death in his big rig parked at a lot east of Stockton. Prosecutors say Khalsa committed the crime to restore his daughter's honor.

Dr Mohammed Baobaid: Men must be part of the solution

A leading Yemeni academic, Dr Mohammed Baobaid was presented on 26 September with an Everyday Hero award by the Canadian Centre for Research and Education for Violence Against Women and Children (CRVAWC) for his role as project coordinator of the Muslim Family Safety Project, an initiative to help victims of violence in the Muslim community in Ontario where he lives.

Playing With Fire

Pair of female playwrights dare to explore cultural taboos in their native India

Oct 18, 2008 04:30 AM


Father kills daughter for not wearing a hijab

December 13, 2007

"As he does almost every Friday, Sheik Yusuf Badat will use the noon prayer sermon tomorrow to further his message that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. But his job will be more difficult this week, after the shocking slaying of a Mississauga Muslim teen, and the arrest of her father. Rumours that the girl clashed with her family over her objection to wearing the hijab have generated headlines from Germany to Pakistan, and fuelled a fierce - and at times arguably racist - debate about Islam and Canadian values.