Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the death penalty trial of a Jordanian immigrant accused in a pair of “honor killings” that shocked Houston.
Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan’s prosecution is the first death penalty trial this year in Harris County, and the first one since District Attorney Kim Ogg took office in January 2017, although special prosecutors have been appointed. Ogg recused her office because one of her top lieutenants had been connected to the case before joining the administration.
Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan
A new book documents the spread of a vicious practice into the West.
Phyllis Chesler pioneered the study of violence against women in the late 1960s, concentrating on women living in North America and Europe. By 2003, she was writing about honor killings, based on newspaper accounts, Internet sources, interviews, and memoirs. She then embarked on a series of equally pioneering, meticulously researched, academic studies of honor killings in the West, but also in the Middle East and South Asia. These studies and over 90 articles on the same subject are collected for the first time in A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing.
She was a 15-year-old student at San Antonio’s Taft High School with a soft smile and dark eyes. Like most girls her age in Texas, she favored blue jeans. Unlike most girls her age in Texas, in 2017 she was promised in marriage to a man 10 years her senior, who would pay her parents $20,000 to take her as his wife.
But the Iraqi-born Maarib Al Hishmawi had no intention of marrying so young, least of all to a man so much older and whom she hardly even knew. She refused.
In the West, honor killing isn’t alien anymore.
…Blues is big in this town. So are antique American cars. In short, this isn’t exactly a hub of European anti-Americanism. The locals tend to be down-to-earth, unpretentious, hard-working. Many of them take much the same jaundiced view of Oslo that middle Americans take of Washington, New York, and Hollywood. Living here is not all that different, I suspect, from living in the mountains of Kentucky or Tennessee.
So it’s a measure of the rapidity with which things have changed in Europe that even here in Notodden, there are women in hijab all over the place. The other day I was on a local bus, and the majority of passengers were women in hijab. There was a little girl in a pram – she was in hijab, too.
German media said the teenage girl’s 21-year-old brother had attacked her with a knife because she wanted to be separated from a Syrian man whom she had married under Islamic law.
A mother killed, her son accused of her murder.
An obsessive father shaking with incredulity at the “Americanization” of his children.
In Detroit’s suburban Oakland County, Muhammad Altantawi, 16, is being held without bond.
Good riddance to the wretched Shafias — if only we could ship them immediately out on the first plane back to their native Afghanistan.
Honor killings of Muslim women in the United States and across the West persist. Is intersectional feminism giving cover to these practices?
The average American might find this unfathomable – it has been about a decade since I last saw one of my childhood friends whose family caught her dating a non-Muslim boy. The last I heard was that she was sent on “vacation” to visit family in the Middle East. I never saw her again after that. I was later informed that she was married off while visiting her home country in her parents’ attempt to control her behavior, which they deemed salacious and dishonorable.
Right before he murdered her with three gunshots to the head near her Berlin apartment, Hatun’s brother Ayhan is said to have asked her, “Do you regret your sins?”
A man accused of being involved in the death of his daughter in Pakistan in an alleged “honour killing” has died.
Samia Shahid, a 28-year-old from Bradford in West Yorkshire, died while visiting relatives in the country in July 2016.
Her father, Chaudhry Muhammad Shahid, 52, had been held as a suspected accessory and was released on bail.
He died on Sunday in a hospital in Lahore, his family confirmed. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
The Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced two brothers to death after convicting them of the premeditated murder of their pregnant sister and her husband’s other wife at a farm in Balqa Governorate, Jordan, in November 2014.
The two defendants, aged 22 and 28, were each charged with two counts of premeditated murder for the fatal shooting of their 27-year-old sister, who was three-months pregnant, and the second woman, 50, at a farm in Balqa, 35km northwest of Amman
on Nov. 8.
The two siblings, a shepherd and a restaurant employee, were calm when the presiding judge was reading the verdict details, a senior judicial source said.
But when the brothers heard that they received the death sentence, they addressed the court saying that “they killed their sister to cleanse their family honor,” the judicial source said.
The night Ghani Rehman was condemned to die, his father asked if they could share a last meal together. But Ghani excused himself, preferring to wait in his room. His sisters came to see him, and he gave them each a small token to remember him by: a plastic-wrapped mint drop.
The 18-year-old boy knew what was coming. Less than 24 hours earlier, the neighbour’s 15-year-old daughter Bakhtaja, with whom Ghani had tried to elope from Ali Brohi Goth, their poor neighbourhood of Karachi, had been tied down and electrocuted.
His father finished dinner, then returned. With the help of an uncle, he strapped his son to a rope bed, tying one arm and one leg to the frame with uncovered electrical wires.
Reports from Pakistan say the authorities have detained at least nine people over the killing of a couple who had contracted a marriage without permission from their elders.
Police in the southern port city of Karachi said on November 27 that the couple was killed by relatives last week on the orders of a tribal council, known as a tribal “jirga.”
They said the victims, identified as 24-year-old Abdul Hadi and Hasina Bibi, 20, hailed from the northern Kohistan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, and married in Karachi about 1 1/2 months ago.
Officer Qasim Hameed said Hadi’s father and other relatives were arrested after the couple’s bodies were found in a Karachi graveyard on November 26.
A man accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering a teenage make-up artist in a suspected “honour killing” denied all the charges today.
Mujahid Arshid, 33, is accused of snatched 19-year-old Celine Dookhran from the shower, tying her up with duct tape and rope, and bundling her into a car.
Miss Dookhran was allegedly falsely imprisoned and raped before being murdered by Arshid, it is said.
The 18-year-old is said to have killed his sister on Monday after getting into a heated argument with her because she had complained to her parents about not wanting to go to school.