Sunday, July 06, 2008

Honor killing --- in Atlanta

Arranged marriage led father to kill daughter.

Just another peaceful Muslim, strangling his daughter for Allah.

A Clayton County man faces murder charges in the strangling death of his 25-year-old daughter early Sunday over her desire to end an arranged marriage. Chaudhry Rashad, 54, apparently got mad during an argument in which the victim, Sandela Kanwal, told him she wanted out of the marriage, Clayton police officer Timothy Owens said.

Authorities were called to their Utah Drive home in Jonesboro just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Kanwal lived with her father when she was not with her husband, who is in Chicago, Owens said. She hadn't seen the husband in three months, he said. Both Rashad and Kanwal are of Pakistani descent.

Rashad had a seizure shortly after the strangling and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Owens said. He was in custody Sunday at the Clayton County jail and could make an initial court appearance Monday.

(Why do I think he faked that seizure business?)