I have to hand it to the Brits this time around. In spite of their bizarre (by US standards) laws regarding firearms and opposition to capital punishment, they still appear to take murder seriously.
Even when it’s an honor killing.
Nine years ago, Shafilea Ahmed disappeared. Her body was found in 2004.
Turns out it was an honor killing. Her own parents killed her in front of her siblings for “bringing dishonor on the family”.
How did she “dishonor her family”? By wearing jeans and makeup, wanting to be a lawyer, and resisting an arranged marriage.
However, killing her in front of her siblings was a mistake. One was later arrested for burglary – and turned state’s evidence against the parents.
Gee, I wonder why? You mean murdering one of your own kids in front of their siblings isn’t a good way to ensure their loyalty and love?
Earlier this year, Shafilea’s parents – Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed – were convicted of her murder. They received life sentences. Under English law, that means they’ll serve at least 25 years. By then both will be in their 70s.
Hopefully they’ll die in prison vice ever see another day of freedom. And then they’ll have a chance to explain their acts to Allah – and, possibly, to Shaytan as well.
Many Islamic extremists subscribe to conservative forms of Islam that condone honor killings. They also want to eventually impose Shaira worldwide.
We should probably remember that.