Monday, January 30, 2012

Shafia “honour killings” offer several lessons

The verdict of first degree murder against Mohammad Shafia and Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their son Hamed Mohammad Shafia for the killing of their daughters Zainab, Sahar and Geeti and  Rona Amir Mohammad, Shafia’s “other” wife have several lessons for Canadians.

Firstly, if our government encourages, or even allows, immigration from cultures in which so-called “honour killings” are commonly condoned, we should not be surprised when that repugnant, barbaric tradition is practiced in Canada.

Our authorities know that, when people immigrate to Canada, they bring their cultures with them—that’s the whole point of official multiculturalism—isn’t it? So, if we don’t want the cultural tradition of honour killing in Canada, don’t bring in those who practice it. Seems simple to me.

Secondly, our feeble enforcement of immigration laws leave much to be desired. Rona Amir Mohammad, one of Mohammad Shafia’s acknowledged wives was brought to Canada as a domestic servant on a visitor’s visa. How ridiculous is that? Isn’t polygamy illegal in Canada?

When a man, who originates from a predominantly Muslim country, travels with more than one adult woman in his household, or “imports” a domestic servant later, suspicions should be raised and investigated. The default assumption should be that he is in a polygamous marriage. And, if time and/or resources do not permit an investigation, the immigrant and his family should be denied entry to Canada or deported if already here.

Thirdly, as reported by Christie Blatchford in the National Post, “Virtually every time [Mohammad] Shafia and [Tooba Mohammad] Yahya encountered Canadian authorities, they bamboozled them.” Blatchford also reports that when “the parents were called in by school officials a number of times,” … “Yahya would weep, Shafia would rail furiously, and no action would be taken.”

School, police and child-welfare agencies failed in their obligation to protect the murdered girls. Why allow in vulnerable children of immigrants if we have not the wherewithal to protect them? To continue to do so is to be an accessory to crimes Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Maranger called “cold-blooded, shameless murders.”

The way I see it, we Canadians have nothing of worth to learn from the cultures of Afghanistan or that of predominantly Arab countries. If multiculturalism means blending our culture with theirs, then I want no part of it. Honour killing is too high a cultural price to pay for an aggressive immigration policy.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell


  1. Thank you for expressing so well what most of us think about this. Indeed it starts with immigration, which is why our immigration system must be revised.

  2. I would like Canada to add a penalty to this crime.
    If it is a life sentence then there should be a no parole before x number of years that may also help to dissauade sharia followers from choosing Canada

    1. I believe the Shafias got no payroll for 25 years, which is standard I think for first degree murder.

  3. You're right, of course. In 2010 the UK saw almost 3000 "honor attacks," according to the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization Is this the future we want for Canada?