Sunday, December 04, 2011

It's a sick damned culture that considers

this kind of thing 'honorable' living.
Smack in the middle of one of Canada’s most proudly cosmopolitan cities — Montreal, where they lived — this family of Afghan immigrants was still imprisoned in their homeland’s archaic culture.

The boys of the family were spying on the girls, looking for signs of loose Western behaviour; the older girls were so desperate for a way out they agreed to marry virtually any boy who looked at them twice; the two wives, quietly living in an illegal and secret polygamous marriage, were at one another’s throats, with the fertile one lording it over the older, barren one.
Pleading not guilty to four counts each of first-degree murder are the family patriarch, 58-year-old Mohammad Shafia, second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41, and their oldest son Hamed, 20.

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