The National Post;
The jury is still out — figuratively and literally — on whether the 2009 deaths of three sisters and another woman in a cold canal in Kingston, Ont., were an honour killing. For the past three months reporter Christie Blatchford has kept readers abreast of testimony given in the trial. While this coverage has often been front-page news, few letters have come in about the case, which I assume means that readers are at a loss to comment on the trial’s shocking testimony.
Of the handful of letters that did arrive, many were unusable, as their writers passed judgment on the accused — or their religion. But here are a few general comments on the four women’s deaths, which the Crown contends were honour killings.
“This whole Shafia family ‘honour killing’ saga has been quite baffling,” wrote Muneer Ahmad Khan. “What does ‘honour’ really even mean? What does it mean to the Shafias? For me, I’m honoured to be Canadian and I’m honoured to be an Ahmadi Muslim and [to have had] all my life’s experiences. The jury’s still out on the Shafias, but one thing I know is that regardless of your culture or faith, there’s no honour in murder.”