It is still unknown how and where the four women were killed. The family was returning from a trip to Niagara Falls to their home in Montreal in two vehicles when they stopped near Kingston. The family claims the four females then took one vehicle for a joyride and were followed by the other to the “accident” site. After her arrest, Tooba Mohammed Yahya admitted they were all at the canal.
But when police retrieved the sunken vehicle, the ignition was off and the women had bumps on their heads, but no drugs were found in their system. The family also never reported the “accident” immediately to police. They waited until about noon to report the women as missing.
A very incriminating and revealing moment occurred when the family checked into a Kingston-area motel. Mohammed and Hamed Shafia first ordered rooms for six people and then changed it to nine. The motel clerk never forgot that unusual mix-up, saying the two appeared confused. The Shafias had seven children and actually numbered ten that night. The remaining offspring are now in the care of child welfare officials.
How the four Shafia women actually died will probably never be known. But enough circumstantial evidence existed to convict the parents and brother on first degree murder charges, which carry a sentence of 25 years. Canada does not have the death penalty.
In Muslim cultures, there is an emphasis on controlling women’s sexuality, so that they are virgins when they get married. The woman’s value and honor rests on an unbroken hymen, which is also where the honor of the men of her family and clan rests. Turkish men even have an expression emphasising this point: “A man’s honor lies between a woman’s legs.” And as the former Muslim and women’s activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes in her book Nomad, if the hymen is broken before marriage, then “a girl is a thing used, broken, filthy, her filth contagious.” Ironically, according to these twisted values, a girl who is a thief and a liar is still considered honourable if her hymen is intact, while the “filthy” one may be a top student who does charity work.
But this notion of honor lies in a complete possession of women. They are not free to develop as human beings and are not even free to have normal emotions or longings. In fact, a woman is never treated as an adult but as an eternal minor. She is to remain completely subordinate and submissive her whole life.
And it is mainly for this reason that the lives of three vibrant, young females ended in such tragic fashion in Kingston in 2009 along with that of their dear “auntie.” They refused to give up their right to live out their lives the way they wanted and rebelled. The two older sisters were also probably regarded as “broken, used, filthy.”
As long as men from cultures like the Shafias’ believe they have a cultural and religious right to control women (especially their sexuality), determine their lives and even murder them when they transgress some archaic, tribal code of honor, then it appears there is little Western countries can do to prevent such further tragedies. Especially since they despise Western culture and hold the laws in Western countries in contempt.
Familiarity with the offending cultures and early sensitivity and action to problem situations may save some girls’ lives. But the chief difficulty rests in changing the values and attitudes towards women in the countries where honor murders are condoned. And since this is problematic, to say the least, the West should get used to the fact that the social horror of honor murders is here to stay.
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To get the whole story on why the Left is in league with the Islamic persecutors of Muslim women under Islamic gender apartheid, read Jamie Glazov’s book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.
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