I was disappointed in some of the media coverage of the heinous murder trial in Kingston. On Sunday, three family members were convicted of first degree murder in the honour killings of four other family members.
Mohammad Shafia and his son Hamed, along with his second wife Tooba Yahya, all immigrants from Afghanistan living in Montreal, were found guilty of killing Shafia’s first wife Rona Amir Mohammad and daughters Zainab, Sahar and Geeti.
Media reported that this is not acceptable in Canada. But this should not be acceptable anywhere.
The judge and crown missed a chance to condemn it period, not just in Canada.
How can we express outrage that this happened in Canada and not speak out about the same horrors that happen in other countries where women are treated as slaves and disposed of without thought?
It is estimated about 5,000 females are murdered each year to keep the family honour and it could be much higher, a CBC report suggested.
Crown attorney Gerard Laarhuis said Canadian values won.
“This jury found that four strong, vivacious and freedom-loving women were murdered by their own family in the most troubling of circumstances,” he said.
“This verdict sends a very clear message about our Canadian values and the core principles in a free and democratic society that all Canadians enjoy and even visitors to Canada enjoy.”
This is more than just about Canadian values. This is about human rights and equality.
Justice Robert Maranger said honour killings have “no place in any civilized society.”
They have no place anywhere.
Some news outlets did talk about the crime around the world as would be expected.
Until we can eradicate honour killings not just in Canada but around the globe, justice is not served.