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Murder Charge for Brother Whose Sister Shed Scarf


“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every manís hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
óGenesis 16:12

TORONTO ó The brother of a Canadian teenager who was slain in what friends described as a family dispute over a Muslim head scarf was charged with murder, becoming the second family member accused in her death, police said Friday.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, of Pakistani origin, was strangled in December at her Mississauga, Ontario, home.

Waqas Parvez, 27, who had faced obstruction allegations in his sister’s death, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

Their father Muhammad Parvez, 57, was charged with first-degree murder earlier this month. He had been a suspect since shortly after her death.

Police would not disclose details of any new evidence that prompted the Friday’s charges or what impact they would have on the case against the father. But spokeswoman Samantha Nulle said investigators were checking if other people had been involved in the death.

Police have refused to confirm the killing was over the scarf, and Muhammed Parvez’s lawyer, Joseph Ciraco, has said that more than just cultural issues played a role. He did not return calls for comment Friday.

But friends said her death came during a family feud over her refusal to wear the traditional Muslim veil. And the killing sparked debate in Canada about the conflict within immigrant families over traditional values and desires to fit into a new culture.

Parvez’s friends from her high school said the ever-cheerful girl faced an increasingly difficult home life. They said that Parvez would come to school wearing track pants and the scarf, but would change into close-fitting jeans and remove the scarf at school. They said her parents caught on and began following her to school to make sure she was abiding by their rules.

Classmate Joel Brown, 17, has said that the girl grew afraid of her parents and began showing up to school with bruises.

Sameer Zuberi, the Canadian spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that following her death, imams at mosques across the country reflected on the issues presented in the media surrounding her death.

“It forced the Islamic community to look at itself in terms of what children face and what parents here in Canada face,” he said.

  1. Remnant, 28 June, 2008

    Sharia: When dishonorable people do unspeakable things, and call it honorable.

    Coming soon to a community near you.

    Time to look up!

    In Messiah

  2. Los13, 28 June, 2008

    I wonder what the politically correct reaction to this would be? Probably something like “okay, everyone must wear the scarf as to not make other people feel out of place”…

  3. Linda, 28 June, 2008


    RE: “Coming soon to a community near you.” If that statement doesn’t wake people up, I don’t know what will.


  4. Elizabeth, 30 June, 2008

    As a Canadian citizen, I can say, it is about time these people who practice Sharia law are being arrested, now let us pray that God will make sure they are convicted and sentenced with stiff sentences.

    That has hardly been the practice, but God is in control. Amen!

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