Honour on Trial

Honour on Trial

The Shafia Murders and the Culture of Honour Killings

Book - 2012
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A black car is pulled from the Rideau Canal near Kingston, Ontario, containing the bodies of three girls -- sisters Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti Shafia -- along with their presumed aunt, Rona Amir Mohammad. Later in the day, after family members report the women missing, Kingston police become suspicious. The stories told by parents Tooba Mohammad Yahya and Mohammad Shafia, and their eldest son, Hamed, don't match up with the rapidly gathering evidence.

An extensive investigation unfolds, revealing a troubling story of physical and emotional abuse in the Shafia home -- including threats of murder. Police begin to suspect that this is a quadruple "honour killing," planned and carried out to wipe away the family's shame caused by the eldest girls.

Two years later, Mohammad Shafia, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and Hamed Shafia are tried for the mass murders, while a shocked nation follows the case until its gripping conclusion.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c2012
ISBN: 9781554552788
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 SCH 2012 23
Characteristics: xi, 207 pages : illustrations


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Jul 06, 2017

Honor, there is no honor in killing someone you can't control. Why are they letting dubious female relatives in the country. Don't the realize that they are second or third wives. It's not just muslims that are doing this. Check out "Justice for Jassi" or search honor killings in the library. Jassi was a young girl from Abbotsford who was heavily controlled by her family. They wanted to marry her to an old man. On a trip to Ind ia she met a young man and she married him. Her family had her murdered in India. Honor. I think not. Disgusting., and I really don't like people coming her an doing such things.

wendybird Jan 03, 2013

In June, 2009, the locks at Kingston Mills revealed a terrible secret : a black Nissan automobile submerged, with the bodies of 4 women trapped inside.
Author Paul Schliesmann does a solid, if rather dry job of describing the complex and heart rending Shafia murder trial. This is an important book, simply for making more accessible the tragic beliefs and societal errors that led to these innocent deaths.

Dec 20, 2012

This book doesn't really add any new information compared to what was in the news at the time of the trial. Still it is an upsetting story and I wish Canada wouldn't admit these backward hillbillies into the country. Those poor girls and Rona :( Glad that the Shafias are in jail. Also it was disappointing to read that one guy who testafied against them is now shunned in the community.

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