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July 8th, 2008
09:06 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Honor Killing?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/CRIME/07/08/honor.killing/art.rashid.ap.jpg caption="Chaudhry Rashid is accused of killing his daughter because she wanted to end an arranged marriage."]Maureen Miller
360° Writer

Did Chaudhry Rashid kill his 25-year-old daughter because she wanted out of an arranged marriage? Police in Clayton County, Georgia (south of Atlanta) say Rashid used a bungee cord to strangle her. But the Pakistani man was crying in court today when he told the judge he did nothing wrong.  His wife called police Sunday morning after she heard screams. Their daughter, Kanwal, was found murdered in her bedroom. She recently got married in Pakistan in an arranged marriage. Police say her new husband is living in Chicago, but Kanwal stayed at her father's home. According to the police report, "The victim was not interested in marrying, nor remaining married to her husband. That information came from Rashid's wife. The report also mentions that the marriage was causing a "great deal of friction" between Rashid and his daughter. It says they hadn't spoken in two months. At the scene of the crime, when police asked Rashid how his daughter died he didn't not answer. According to the report, "He just dropped his head." Was this an honor killing? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the case?

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Todd

    "We're the religion of peace and we'll kill anyone who says otherwise!"

    July 9, 2008 at 9:59 am |
  2. larry c

    this man should me put to death at once.

    July 9, 2008 at 3:01 am |
  3. Iris De La Rosa

    When in Rome, do as the Romans. When in the United States, do as the Americans. In this country, when a person murders another and, if found GUILTY, goes to jail or is put to death. I do not wish to imagine what that poor child went through,specially after having read Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" ( the story of what two afghan women went through due to of arranged marriages). "Honor killing'? I somehow seem to find an oxymoron there!!

    July 9, 2008 at 2:27 am |
  4. Chris

    This is a sad, sick story that highlights the staggering difference in culture that exists in some regions of the world. The father who killed his daughter is acting in an honorable manner according to the customs of his culture. His belief system is shaped by his upbringing and education.
    One lesson to be learned is that if anyone thinks they have difficult circumstances in their life, just look at the victim in this case – forced into a marriage with a stranger (possibly abusive in some way) and then brutally killed by her own father. I would also venture to guess that she wasn't treated with much value as she grew up.

    July 9, 2008 at 2:15 am |
  5. Gary Chandler in Canada

    steve johnson July 8th, 2008 10:52 pm ET

    Good blogging except for a few things, 1. religion of Rashid is Sikh, which practises arranged marriages, not Islam.
    2. Islam requires the consent of both parties. 3. The suitors see each other before going through with marriage. It is unreasonable for two people to be thrown together and be expected to relate and be intimate when they know nothing of each other.
    source jannah dot org
    Terry Mcveigh does not make all Christians terrorists. The real reason for the war in Afghanistan is the rich poppy fields.
    Not all Muslims are terrorists, but they could do a better job of infiltrating the extremist groups which give them all a bad name.

    July 9, 2008 at 12:46 am |
  6. Ty

    The articles and reports failed to mention that the practice of "honor killing" is justified and supported by the koran. I guess CNN feels it is OK to gloss over the fact that the islamic religion supports and justifies these kinds of atrocities.

    Noone in their right mind would kill their own children. Yet this practice is common in the muslim world. Just recently in Texas a muslim killed his two teenage daughters because they were dating non-muslims.

    Anyone who believes islam is a religion of peace is blind fool. CNN and Anderson Cooper are simply afraid to report the Truth. They should be ashamed of themselves for sugar-coating reality. Islam is a violent destructive fanatical oppressive religion down to the core. That is the real story, and CNN is supporting this fascist religion by not reporting the whole truth.

    July 9, 2008 at 12:21 am |
  7. William Courtland

    Making arranged marriages illegal in the fifty States would help.

    Arranged marriages are against the ideals of freedom and intuitive genetic paring(true love).

    July 9, 2008 at 12:06 am |
  8. Marie Auger-Andrews

    How do we expect to win the war – if we cannot win the minds of those in our midst.
    This poor soul ,Chaudhry Rashid,barely understands English, but is one of ours. He is lost in prayer, while read his rights.
    He is lost in a strange land, with strange rules, that were never taught to him, or explained to him, or engrained in him, as his own culture obviously is.
    It's one thing to provide a safe passage for immigrants, it's quite another to educate them in 'our ways'. God Bless all of Us

    July 9, 2008 at 12:01 am |
  9. Fernando Ontario

    Non-honorable murder. Please do not find any justification for the actions taken in support of an old custom. This is murder.

    July 8, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  10. Patricia

    I also find the term "honor killing" offensive. There is no honor in killing your child to save face or gain approval from others. The news media should call it what it is MURDER. He is a coward. If he really loved is daughter he would have allowed her to divorce her husand and live free in the land of the free.

    July 8, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  11. steve johnson

    Good reporting except for one thing, religion of Islam is never mentioned anywhere. Funny that the Christian religion is front and center on the next story about religion in the military.
    Hey AC, why wasnt Islam mentioned in regards to the so called honor killings?

    July 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Sarah, Texas

    I believe this was definitely an honor killings, as sad as I hate to say it. And people/killers/murderers are easily able to fake cry.

    I defnitely undersand honor killings. I would never wish that upon any one but, unless you understand that culture, that way of life, you will never understand the concept of an honor killing.

    Of course these people are ridiculous and cruel, and males are supposed to be killed, not just the females during certain situations of honor killings, but the whole idea in general is just cruel and unfair, but understandable. It does happen. I don't think they look at it as murder but rather perserving the family's name, dignity and pride.

    You can say it's wrong all you want, but there is no way to stop and entire culture, NOT religion from changing their ways.

    July 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  13. Anne Hwang

    I find the very term 'honor' killing offensive. It 's murder and does not lend itself to be labelled anything other than that..

    July 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  14. Annie Kate

    The killing sure sounds like an honor killing with the facts presented. I have never understood how a parent in any culture or country could kill their child to save face. Its just so foreign a thought to me that I find it hard to believe.

    I hope the wildfires can be brought under control quickly and fewer people lose their property. We need as a country to examine our forest management policies especially on the issue of control burning old vegetation that is fueling these fires – if the climate change experts are correct these wildfires will increase not only in number but in intensity as well. Anything we can do to lessen the intensity and frequency would do us all a favor.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 8, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  15. G Brickner

    When will men stop trying to control women? This father killed his daughter for what? Because she would not stay with the man he choser for her. How archaic

    July 8, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  16. Jo Anne Cummings

    It's a shame that "saving face" is still prevalent in many cultures....but when this involves murder,in this country, we cannot tolerate such atrocities. Definitely an honor killing. Very sad indeed.

    July 8, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  17. Gary Chandler in Canada

    NO ! NOT ! (chivalric, chivalrous, commendatory, cum laude, estimable, eulogistic, honorable, honored, illustrious, laudatory, laureate, magna cum laude, praiseworthy, prestigious, reputable, respectable, revered, summa cum laude, venerable, venerated)
    NO WAY !
    radical fundamentalism and archaic tribalism YES

    July 8, 2008 at 9:27 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I saw the story on this Rashid killing on the news here yesterday. It seems to me that he did kill his daughter as a honor killing. She wouldn't live with her husband and wanted out of the marriage.

    Basically it seems that she was forced into it to begin with. So when they came here to the states she stayed with her dad instead of going to Chicago. She told others and her family that she wanted out of the marriage and was going to get out of it. So I assume once her dad heard that he decided he wouldn't allow her to make her family look bad and killed her.

    It is a shame that this honor killing still goes on today. It is basically saying that women are second class citizens and have no right to even say what they want in their own lives.

    Cindy...Ga.

    July 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm |