Zainab, (19), Sahar, (17), and Geeti, (13) Shafia , as well as Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, their father’s childless first wife in a polygamous marriage were found dead in a vehicle in Kingston Ontario.
It was a strange case resulting in the Shafia family being arrested and now convicted for First Degree murder.
The murders of this Montreal family stem from an “Honour System” practiced by this family from Afghanistan. This sense of honour seems quite odd to many here in Canada; and of course placing the dead bodies in a car and putting it in a canal didn’t seem “honorouble” either?
Mohammad Shafia, his wife and son have been found guilty of four counts of murder which carry a minimum of 25 years in jail.
In the purest sense this was simply a sad murder case that resulted in a family’s destruction. It also sends a loud message to Canadians that our laws should be observed, and if they wish to practice such barbarity that perhaps immigration to Canada isn’t the solution to their life goals?
It also is grist for discussion around this Country, and the world about the roles of women and rights of women.
We live in a gracious country that tries to accommodate newcomers, and we as a country should always be welcoming and allow people to retain and add their culture to ours; but certain practices have to be left at the border, and for the vast majority of people that come to our country those are not issues; but for the Shafia family sadly; that lesson has been delivered home by our Canadian justice system, and hopefully a message to those that would hurt their families within our borders.
The values that cost four innocent women their lives have no place in our society.
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