Predictable denial instead of a forthright acknowledgment of a problem.
A cab driver has been charged with murdering his 16-year-old daughter after she was allegedly attacked in a clash with her strict Muslim family over whether or not to wear the hijab, the traditional Islamic head scarf for women.
Muhammad Parvez, 57, was charged after his daughter Aqsa Parvez died in hospital late on Monday. The victim’s older brother, Waqas Parvez, was charged with obstructing police in connection with the girl’s death.
“There should be zero tolerance for violence of any kind against women or girls,” said Shahina Siddiqui, the president of the Islamic Social Services Association.
“The strangulation death of Ms. Parvez was the result of domestic violence, a problem that cuts across Canadian society and is blind to colour or creed.”
“We call for the strongest possible prosecution of Ms. Parvez’s alleged attacker,” said Faisal Kutty, the legal counsel for the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations.