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  • 1. Cultural Conflict A Tragic Story of the Girl Who Wanted to Look Like Everyone Else…
  • 2. Background • Aqsa "Axa" Parvez (April 22, 1991 – December 10, 2007) was the victim of an Islamic honour killing in Mississauga, Ontario. • During the murder trial, Superior Court Justice Bruce Durno acknowledged the slaying as an Islamic honour killing, stating, "that he found it "profoundly disturbing that a 16-year-old could be murdered by a father and brother for the purpose of saving family pride, for saving them from what they perceived as family embarrassment.” • Her brother, Waqas Parvez, had strangled her to death when Aqsa would not wear an hijab covering. • Parvez's death was reported internationally and sparked a debate about the status of women in Islamic communities. • According to Islam, one can only begin to wear hijab when they are ready themselves. • According to some, it was her father's inability to try to understand his daughter that resulted in him murdering her and thus being charged and convicted.
  • 3. • Parvez was a student of Applewood Heights Secondary School in Mississauga. Her father, Muhammad Parvez, was a taxicab driver. • Growing up in a Muslim family of Pakistani origin, she was forced to wear a hijab while out of the house. However, many friends claimed that she refused to wear the veil and would often change her clothing once she got to school and then would change back before going home. • Her friends also claimed that she was drawn to Western culture though her family adhered to a devout form of Islam and that she was not getting along well with her family. • A week before her death, she had moved in with the family of a neighbourto escape tension with her family.
  • 4. The Incident • Around 8 am on December 10, 2007, Peel Regional Police responded to a 911 call from a man who had said he had just killed his daughter. • When officers arrived at a single-family detached home, they found Parvez suffering from life-threatening injuries.She was immediately taken to Credit Valley Hospital and later transferred in critical condition to the Hospital for Sick Children where she died. • It was learned in court in 2010 that it was her brother who had strangled her, causing her to die from neck compression. • One student reported that her father was threatening her, causing her to fear for her life. Parvez's friends also said she wanted to run away from her family to escape the conflicts with them.
  • 5. The Outcome • Muhammad Parvez was charged with second-degree murder and denied bail. Her older brother, Waqas Parvez, who was ordered by his father to not communicate with police, was originally facing a charge of obstructing police and placed in custody. He was released on bail and was ordered to reside with his surety and surrender his passport. However, on June 27, Waqas Parvez was charged by Peel Regional Police with first-degree murder. • Some people consider her murder to be a case of an honour killing, while some Islamic leaders claimed that it is only a case of domestic violence. • Her death has also sparked a debate about the status of women in Islamic communities. • Later a statement by her father to her mother right after murdering her was publicized, supporting the honor killing theory: “My community will say you have not been able to control your daughter. This is my insult. She is making me naked.”[12] • A public funeral was to take place for Parvez at 1:30 pm at a Mississauga mosque on December 15, 2007. However, hours before the funeral, her family decided to instead have a private funeral for privacy reasons. • Parvez was buried in an unmarked grave at the Meadowvale Cemetery in Brampton; her family refused a donation of a gravestone and a memorial.
  • 6. What About Her Mother? • In a police interview after her daughter's murder, Anwar Jan said her husband told her afterward he killed his daughter because "this is my insult. My community will say you have not been able to control your daughter. This is my insult. She is making me naked." Jan added that, in Pakistan, it's normal to kill a girl or disown her if she doesn't obey her parents.
  • 7. And Her Sister? • Aqsa's sister, Shasma Parvez, told police that Aqsa was disrespecting her father and her Muslim religion "by running away ... it made her dad and brother mad.“ • She added, "Whoever did this to her sister shouldn't go to jail."