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July 7: Chaudhry Rashid waits with other inmates to make his first appearance in Magistrate Court at the Clayton County Courthouse in Jonesboro, Ga.

When she was just 19, Sandeela Kanwal traveled from America to Pakistan for an arranged marriage to a cousin twice her age.

Less than six years later, she was dead - strangled - and her father, Chaudhry Rashid, was arrested by police as the suspect for what some have called an "honor killing."
After their marriage, Kanwal had lived in the United States apart from her husband, who remained in Pakistan. She was reunited with him in April at her family home in Atlanta, but he moved to Chicago days later, leaving her alone once again.
On July 1, Kanwal filed for divorce, a prospect her father, a 52-year-old immigrant from Pakistan, would not entertain. Investigators say that after an argument on the night of July 5, he strangled Kanwal with a bungee cord. He could not accept the "disgrace" a divorce or affair would bring on his family, according to police.
The United Nations estimates that as many as 5,000 women are murdered in such honor killings each year for offenses like immodesty or refusing an arranged marriage. They may be on the rise in the U.S., as seen anecdotally in Kanwal's death and a handful of other prominent attacks:
• Fifty-year-old Yaser Abdel Said became the focus of a massive manhunt after he allegedly killed his teenage daughters Sarah and Amina - for dating boys against his will. Relatives say he tried to marry off Amina in his native Egypt when she was 16, and he hasn't been seen since the girls were shot to death on New Year's Day.
• Zein Isa, a Palestinian terrorist who lived in St. Louis, was convicted of killing his daughter Palestina in 1989. Investigators say he was furious she had a black boyfriend, went to a school dance and got a job at Wendy's. Palestina's mother held her down as Isa plunged a 9-inch knife into his daughter's chest, actions the FBI picked up on a microphone as they investigated Isa for his terrorist ties.
• Waheed Mohammad, a 22-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan, was shamed by his sister, who he thought was a "bad Muslim girl." At his mother's behest, investigators say, he tried to "stop" his sister, stabbing her multiple times, though she survived and spoke to FOX News.

To see more on honor killings in America, watch FOX News' special documentary, "Murder in the Family: Honor Killings in America," airing 8 p.m. EDT Saturday, July 26, and 8 and 11 p.m. EDT Sunday.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,391531,00.html
 

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I first saw this report on FOX one day last week. It enraged me so badly that I felt compelled to write to Bill O'Reilly.

Okay Mr. O'Reilly,

Let me get this straight:

A Middle Eastern man immigrates to the U.S. and settles in Texas;

He marries an American woman who gives him two beautiful daughters;

The girls are raised in a Western, American culture and attend American schools;

Now in their teens, beautifully developing with wholesome intellect and ideas for the future, the immigrant father feels they are too "Western" in their actions and he shoots each of them, in the back of his taxi, taking their lives;

This immigrant, who, by the way, is prohibited from owning a handgun in this country, then flees, presumably back to the Middle East!

Is that correct?

Please, have some Emir explain to me the logic that this is an "honor killing!"

The man's acts are a cowardly display of archaic Middle Eastern thinking that has no place American culture.

I am hopeful that the perpetrator is apprehended and returned to the U.S. for prosecution; and, if convicted, is incarcerated with the worst of the worst in Texas jails for the rest of his natural life.

This is a tragic story of great proportion; and, as a retired law enforcement officer, I am appalled and saddened.

Respectfully,

Southern CA
 
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