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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sanctioned Murder

Muzzammill Hassan of Bridges TV beheads his wife. He claimed that he was being beaten by her and fought back, killing her in self defense. According to reports, the victim Aasiya Zufir, was on the phone with her sister in Cape Town, South Africa. Her sister reported hearing Aasiya struggling. Muzzammill apparently came in while Aasiya was on the phone. Aasiya said they could talk about the divorce later. It would appear that she was strangled, at the very least this was likely just part of what killed her.
It is not exactly easy to saw through a neck. It is not necessarily a quick slash of a knife. Paqrticularly if the two involved are fighting. Is it possible that Muzzammill took a knife and, in one wild swing, sliced Aasiya's throat? Yes, but it is highly unlikely.
Several years ago I found on a video of a couple being stoned to death. It was clearly a cell phone video. It showed a young man and a girl each being wrapped in white sheets, and, yes, they fought and cried. The two were each buried up to their waists. The members of their society, I am loathe to call them people, threw stones at the two. After the two victims collapsed in the clearly blood soaked sheets, the stones continued. What was the crime? They were alleged to be in love and planned to elope.
I recently posted about a man (only by gender, because no real man would do this) who machine gunned his six daughters in his bedroom. Why? Because one of his two sons claimed that two of the girls had boyfriends.
Why? Why is it that a man can claim he committed these heinous crimes, or worse (gang rape prior to being murdered is one such example happening now), in the thinly veiled excuse of honor?
Honor, to hold in regard or treat with respect is how Webster's Dictionary defines it. These acts are nothing short of crimes against the person and humanity. Crimes against humanity, as defined by the Rome Statute ofthe International Criminal Court Explanatory Memorandum, "are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated orcondonedbya governmentora de facto authority. Murder; extermination; torture; rape; political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of falling into the category of crimes under discussion.
Whether it be a grown woman who has realized her husband's previous marriages failed due to his behavior, a woman barely 20 trying to establish her life and well being, a woman distraught in a forced marriage, women arrested in groups for wanting freedom and equality, or the possibility that a girl seeks her own happiness murder is still murder. By claIming it was done for honor changes nothing. There is no honor in murdering a child, only selfishness. The self serving, self centered fear of the male (not man) being perceived in a different light.
These crimes are not happening just in Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Somalia, and Canada but also in the United States. I have several posts on this and will continue to post them. Those victimized need a voice and justice. Freedom of speech and Justice For All is why they tried to escape from or change their home countries.

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