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{June 18, 2007}   The No Honor Killing

The source of the story is the good folks at AltMuslim.

On April 28, 2006, 20 year-old Banaz Mahmod Bakabir Agha’s body was found hacked to pieces and packed in a suitcase in a suburb of London. Her crime was leaving an abusive arranged marriage and wishing to marry a man of her own choice. Finally, on June 12 of this year, her killers were brought to justice when a British court convicted her father Mahmod Mahmod and her uncle Ari Mahmod of her murder.

So what’s really going on here?

Archaic and misogynistic cultural beliefs, on the one hand, reduce women to objects of ownership and control, whose family members have no qualms in obliterating them for imagined sins against tradition. On the other is a host foreign culture suspicious of a ghettoised and economically disenfranchised Muslim minority, and hence slow to provide protection.

The following really caught my attention. It makes me wonder that the Muslim community should stop worrying about the the “big” things and start thinking about the “small” things in life.

Finally, also blameworthy is the persistent silence of the Muslim Council of Britain, and other Muslim groups who jump to organise protests when Muslim women are denied the right to wear niqabs but choose to ignore their plight when they fall prey to the brutality of their own families.


Haleem says:

You are right. These muslim organizations never want to point fingers at their own failings.

Attia says:

It’s easier to play the victim – ie they won’t let us wear hijab/niqab etc etc than accepting the myriad of problems in our own community and actually doing something about them. The problem within our muslim communities is that other women are often complicit in the suppression/oppression.

Ruby says:

I read this story awhile ago, it’s horrifying. She went to the police quite a few times and they told her to go home, ignored her fears.

Ruby says:

Ack, it postted before I finished typing! Islamic organizations need to step up and realize that our women and children need to be safe in their homes, that they should not be forced into marriages or forced to endure abuse and that these things are just as, if not more important than wearing nikaab.

'liya says:

I agree with all the comments above… we need to look at the big things – if we want to get anywhere at all.

Sumera says:

Its nothing but tribalism – these tribal and frankly backward notions hold the women as symbols of honour for a family. And to get back at the males, they always go for the woman! Or if she “steps out of line” they consider killing her as “maintaining their honour”

Load of hogwash

And i thought such things happened in Pakistan only…*sigh* The police ignroed her fears. What does that say about their status there? ALiens left to be administered brutual ‘home justice’???

I am so sad for the state of that girls family…no support from the police OR (more importantly) the muslim community. I wish i was there to help them…if not anything else, to atleast raise a voice. All this gets my blood boiling. A human life…or rather a woman’s life isn’t worth crap for these monsters.

Aliana says:

Everyone, my apologies are taking such a long time in responding to comments. (Out of town again). I am glad that peopel peopel agree that there is a need to look at and worry about ‘small things’ too. đŸ™‚

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