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UPDATE: Ok, this is my last post on this. Instead of asking why this defenseless girl was almost murdered by her own family, it’s become a flame war over culture vs. religion. Fine, it’s a cultural thing. It just so happens that it’s a cultural thing with people where Islam is the primary religion (Southeast, Asia, Middle East, and North Africa). Look, killing someone because of their race, sexual orientation, or because the waiter they were banging returned a pair of eyeglasses is horrific and wrong. But you know what’s more horrific and wrong? Killing a child you raised because she might have offended you somehow by wanting to wear a bikini or a having relationship with a Hindi man. Sorry. Call it want you want, but it is what it is.
An honor killing is the murder of a (typically female) family or clan member by one or more fellow (mostly male) family members, in which the perpetrators (and potentially the wider community) believe the victim to have brought dishonor upon the family, clan, or community. The perceived dishonor is normally the result of the following behaviors, or the suspicion of such behaviors: (a) utilizing dress codes unacceptable to the family/community, (b) wanting to terminate or prevent an arranged marriage or desiring to marry by own choice, or (c) engaging in certain sexual acts, including those with the opposite or same sex. Such killings or attempted killings result from the perception that the defense of honor justifies killing a person whose behavior dishonors their own clan or family.
Oh, by the way, the reason why Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad’s family tried to kill her is now known. Man, what a perfectly good reason that had nothing to do with religion or a map at all!
She was attacked on May 21 because her Muslim family did not approve of her relationship with a Hindu man. They reportedly threatened to kill her if she did not back out of the relationship.
Wait, there’s more. Daily Mail reports:
[Her father and brother] appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and the case was adjourned until July 12 for committal proceedings to crown court. They had been in custody until this week’s court appearance when they were bailed. As part of their bail conditions, they have to abide by an 11pm to 6am curfew and must not travel to London or contact an unnamed man.
Man, I’m so glad all of you gave me geography lessons. I feel so much better about calling her Asian now. Awesome. Now back to the part of the story that actually matters. Her Muslim family tried to kill her because she was dating a Hindu man. Yeah, that sounds reasonable. Is this Hindu man a Sith Lord? Does he kill prostitutes in Whitechapel? I’m gonna take a wild stab and say no. If I feel bad for anyone it’s got to be the father and the brother. They’re not really good Muslims if they can’t kill a defenseless girl right. They might want to turn in their boxcutters and sucide vests, because I don’t think Allah has any virgin boys waiting for them.