Friday, October 28, 2005

A Pakistani family in Denmark has been arrested for the murder of a 19-year-old woman for marrying without her family's consent

Copenhagen Post:

Police have arrested six members of a Pakistani family for hunting down and killing a 19-year-old girl, who had married against the family's wishes.

Daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported that with two further arrests in the case, five men and one woman were now in remand for the suspected honour killing of Ghazala Abbas, who was shot to death in front of the central station in the western Zealand town of Slagelse on 23 September.

The day before, Abbas had married a 27-year-old Afghan-born man.

'We arrested two men from the deceased's family on Wednesday morning. The arrests were made in Copenhagen, and we can't rule out the possibility that there will be more arrests. We continue a massive investigation on the family, amongst others,' said Crime Inspector Flemming Madsen of the Slagelse Police.

Police said the investigation was hampered by the implicated persons' reluctance to talk, but that the last four arrests had led to a breakthrough in the investigation.

Five of the people arrested are Ghazala's close relatives, including her father and her older brother, who was the one that shot her to death and severely injured her husband in front of a large group of witnesses in broad daylight in Slagelse.

The couple was married the day before they were attacked, supposedly without the bride's family's consent.

Daily newspaper BT reported that a network of Pakistani taxi drivers and the woman arrested had helped the brother track his sister down.

The couple had fled from the family's home in Copenhagen's Amager district and gone into hiding in Jutland, there, they were married in secret at a city hall.

Ghazala, however, decided to trust the female relative with her secret, and called her to tell her the news. The woman betrayed her, BT reported, and told the family what she had done.

Pakistani taxi drivers told BT that Ghazala's brother had asked them to keep an eye out for his sister, and ordered everyone in the family and its circle of friends to tell him if they heard from her.

The network tracked the newlyweds down a few hours after their wedding.

A source said to BT's reporter that Ghazala had told her female relative that she had left her hiding place in Jutland and sought refuge with her friends in Slagelse.

'The friend must have known that if she passed the information on to Ghazala's family, she would help the honour killing being planned to take place,' the source said, adding that she must also have feared retribution if the word ever got out that she had known of the couple's whereabouts without telling the family.

Ghazala's brother was so intent on finding and killing his sister in order to save the family's honour that he left his wife and family only a few days after the birth of his second child to carry out the death sentence, BT reported.

Armed with the female relative's information, a confirmation from Pakistani taxi drivers, and a gun, he arrived at the central station to find his sister standing right outside, waiting for a taxi. He shot her three times, then attacked her husband, beat him, and forced him down on the ground, where he shot him.

The husband survived by a hair's breadth.

The newspaper said the liquidation of Ghazala Abbas demonstrated the enormous conspiracy and pressure immigrant women were faced with if they broke away from their families and tried to make independent choices in their lives.

Anne Mau, secretary of the National Association of Women's Crisis Centres, which accept many immigrant women on the run from their families, said the Pakistani taxi network worked systematically to find women who had fled their families, and alerted their whereabouts to their relatives.

'Taxi drivers are mobile, they know one another and the community, and they work systematically. The family uses a mobile telephone to send a picture around of the wanted woman. Then the hunting begins,' Mau said. 'This way many women have been discovered on the street, caught, and delivered back to their families.'

This is the kind of "values" that multiculturalism is bringing to 21st century Europe.

2 Comments:

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

[This is the kind of "values" that multiculturalism is bringing to 21st century Europe.]

These sorts of stories are enraging and troubling, but something else was bugging me until I decided how to put it into words...

One can accept that people are different, and personally I think this is not all bad, and I'd be willing to accept a little of it via immigration (but NOT on today's scale). In the same sense, I think talk of 'integration' is absurd -- expecting people to become something they are not. But one thing you expect to be pretty constant across cultures is parental love for children -- the desire to take care of and protect them. Siblings also feel this, one would think. But here you see an example of one of apparently many 'cultures' where a weird shame borne of supposed injured 'honor' totally supplants these famjily bonds, even to the point where the cold-blooded murder of family member is planned and carried out.

This tells you these people are hopelessly incompatible with the Judeo-Christian values and culture of the West. If only more western politicians would have the guts to openly say the same, and then act on it.

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This tells you these people are hopelessly incompatible with the Judeo-Christian values and culture of the West.

Unfortunately, if immigration rates continue as they are, these sort of values will become the mainstream in Europe before the end of the century.

 

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