A reader suggests we start calling “honor killings” “Muslim pride killings” instead…
The conflict between old-world fathers and new-world daughters (and sons) is as old as immigration itself. It’s not confined to any ethnic or religious group. But honour killing — when a family member, or even the entire family, believes the murder of a girl by her relatives is justified — is a phenomenon in Muslim countries.
Shortly after Ms. Parvez’s death, the Pakistan Daily Times ran an opinion piece by Farrukh Saleem. “Honour killing is our export to Canada,” he wrote, as well as to Britain, Germany and many other countries. “Denial is not an option,” he warned. “Who will protect women from the laws of men?”
“I really don’t believe in cultural relativism,” Ms. Rogan says. “I believe there are things that are right in any culture and wrong in any culture. What happened to Aqsa Parvez was wrong. My hope is that people will learn something, and that girl will be remembered.”