Tolerance: Kill your daughter for being too Western

When tolerance involves killing your own daughter…


A young woman has told a court in England that as a child she witnessed her 17-year-old sister being murdered by their parents after a months-long quarrel about the teen’s Westernized lifestyle.

Alesha Ahmed, 22, who is in a witness protection program, told a court in Chester, England, that she watched as her parents suffocated Shafilea Ahmed at their family home in Warrington in 2003, ITV News reported.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the court Tuesday that Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and Farzana Ahmed, 49, put their hands over their daughter’s face “to close her airways so she could not breathe” and that “she had a bag forced into her mouth.”

Edis said that they murdered their daughter — after “having spent the best part of 12 months trying to really crush her” – because she had “dishonored the family, bringing shame on them.” The family is of Pakistani origin.

Alesha Ahmed told the court Tuesday that her parents would often argue with their older daughter over the clothes she wore, her friends and who she was speaking to on the phone.

Can someone ask Ground Zero mosque imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf if he thinks the parents of this murdered girl are candidates for some interfaith dialogue?


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