The brutality that is required to murder one’s own child is something that is virtually impossible to come to terms with. In fact, having the ability and motivation to murder anyone is tough enough to get a grip on, let alone murdering a child which is unthinkable. Nevertheless, as a measure of the depravity to which some persons have fallen, it does happen.
When it does, it’s heartbreaking. Children, while they can be exceptionally annoying, are innocents, especially young children. A different set of norms applies to them. This is recognized in the law and in the culture – well, in most cultures. However, not in all. And that’s a tragedy.
A recent TV interview was the impetus for discovering that a pair of Muslim parents had killed their oldest daughter. Not that they admitted to it on television. But language experts found their replies to questions about their oldest daughter to be suspicious. Later it was discovered that they did, indeed, murder the girl. Their reason? She wanted to adopt parts of western culture and refused to be coerced into a forced Muslim marriage. The parents were later convicted of murdering their daughter.
“It was a heartbreaking moment – a mother and father being forced to deny on television that they had anything to do with the disappearance and murder of their 17-year-old daughter.
“As they were repeatedly asked about the disappearance of Shafilea Ahmed, Iftikhar and Farzana wiped away tears and resolutely told television cameras they were being victimised and stereotyped because of their religion.
“And asked again during a television interview, if they had killed their teenage daughter, Iftikhar replied with an emphatic ‘never’ as his wife sat there silent, presumably overcome by the grief of losing her eldest child.
“But there was one problem. As he protested their innocence on camera there was something Iftikhar could not hide – an almost imperceptible nod as he said ‘never’ – his body language betraying the truth he and his wife had worked so hard to hide.”
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It may have taken a long time for the parents to be brought to justice, but it finally happened.
“Shafilea’s parents Iftikhar and Farzana Ahmed were brought to justice nine years after killing their daughter and were each jailed for 25 years.
“The pair choked the 17-year-old to death in front of her four siblings, stuffing a plastic bag down her throat at their home in Warrington, Cheshire, after they argued about her choice of western clothes. It was the culmination of years of rows over Shafilea’s desire to follow a more westernised way of life which saw her studying to become a solicitor and take an interest in clothes, make-up and to her parents’ dismay – boys.”
How did they manage to keep it secret for so long given that Shafilea’s four siblings saw the parents commit the crime? And what gave them away?
“The turning point came seven years after her disappearance in 2010 when their next oldest daughter, Alesha was arrested for organising an armed robbery at her parents’ home.
“Ironically it was her parents who had asked police to arrest Alesha.
“Alesha, who was 15 at the time of her sister’s murder, told officers she had seen Shafilea killed at the hands of their parents and had been struggling under the pressure of keeping it a secret, after her and her three [siblings] were warned to keep the secret or meet the same fate.”
It doesn’t matter what the Koran or any other book has to say, this is pure and utter brutality and unrestrained evil. Perhaps in a more just society, both parents would have received the death penalty as there really isn’t a place on this planet for people so utterly depraved as to commit such an atrocity.