Honour on Trial
The Shafia Murders and the Culture of Honour KillingsBook - 2012
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.
In Kingston Mills, Ontario, the three young Shafia sisters and their aunt were murdered by the sisters' parents and older brother in 2011. Author Schliesmann, a journalist who covered the family's trial for the Kingston Whig-Standard, chronicles the basic facts of the case and trial, and gives background on Muslim honor killing, which allows the male head of the family to kill daughters who have brought dishonor to the family, in this case by having boyfriends and wearing Western clothing. The book is written in plain language accessible to all and could be useful as a supplement in an undergraduate or community college course. It includes b&w photo portraits of the women murdered. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)