Debate Surrounding “Honour” Killings

The term “honour” killing is under debate in many Western countries, including in Mississauga, Ontario, where the father and brother of teenager Aqsa Parvez will soon appear in court charged with her killing last December. The term itself, claims Craig Offman in this National Post article, is already on trial and remains a sensitive topic within multicultural societies. Critics argue the term is inherently racist and distracts from the issue of domestic violence. Others claim it remains critical to gaining understanding of motive and making it off limits undermines a community’s ability to acknowledge this particular abuse.

Toronto Life magazine created controversy last week in suggesting on its cover that Ms. Parvez’s strangulation was “Toronto’s first honour killing” and featured a story describing how her father Muhammad insisted his daughter remain modest before allegedly participating in her death.

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