In Canada, a mother and son, both Pakistani immigrants, were found guilty of several criminal charges Wednesday for harassing and threatening the daughter of the family after she “dishonoured” them for courting a “white guy.” Both had threatened to kill the daughter and her non-Muslim boyfriend whom she had met while working with him at a McDonald’s restaurant.The court heard that the family had emigrated to Canada in 2005 and had been strict with daughter Gulshan to the point of not allowing her to socialize.
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A groundbreaking three-year study of forced marriage in Ontario, Canada, has found more than 200 women who were wed against their will, a practice the report’s authors say highlights serious gaps in services.
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Kellie Leitch, the federal Status of Women Minister who is also an orthopedic surgeon, uses her experience in the operating room to explain the delicate reasons for the government’s special funding announcement Thursday to combat “honour” crimes in Canada’s Muslim community.
“I think Canadians and Canada is a very open and generous country and we don’t want to extend — and we don’t extend — any tolerance to harmful cultural practices: spousal abuse, killing in the name of so-called ‘honour’, female genital mutilation,” she said.
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The Canadian federal government has unveiled a revamped guide to help immigrants settle in Canada — a document that, for the first time, informs newcomers about practices that “will not be tolerated in Canada,” including female genital mutilation, honour crimes and marriage fraud.
In Edmonton, Canada, a couple has been charged with attacking and confining a 21-year-old woman in her home after she refused to participate in an arranged marriage outside the country.
In Canada, a 65-year-old Afghan immigrant was sent to prison for life after jurors found him guilty of second-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of his diminutive wife, Randjida Khairi in an “honor killing”. The Prosecution portrayed the crime as a classic “honor killing” — one motivated by the victim’s desire for equal rights and her defence of their children’s increasingly un-Islamic ways.
In an interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, Ayaan discusses freedom of expression and religious freedom.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada visited a Montreal centre for victims of family violence to denounce crimes against women and girls committed in the name of “honour.”
In Canada, a bookstore has “sold out” of a controversial marriage guide that advises Muslim men on how to beat their wives.
The verdict in the Shafia case exemplifies the ability of Western legal systems to provide justice to victims of honour killings. If anything positive can come from the Shafia verdict, let it be that law enforcement throughout North America takes the time to educate themselves about honour violence.