Zeenat Rafiq had been married to her husband for just one week when her mother showed up at the couple’s home in June offering to throw them a wedding celebration.
This offer must have been hard to comprehend for the 18 year old Muslims woman. Her mother, Perveen Bibi, had never approved of her relationship with Hassan Khan, a classmate. Nor had other members of the family, who had rejected multiple marriage proposals from her husband before the couple eloped.
But now, all was forgiven, her mother told her. Come home to celebrate so you’re not branded as an eloper.
Rafiq nervously agreed.
But there was no celebration on her return to the family’s home in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead, her mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire, according to reports at the time.
After the attack, Bibi ran outside and yelled, “I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name,” the mother’s sister told Agence France-Presse at the time.
Such “honour killings” are commonplace in Muslims families. World wide roughly 50,000 women are slain every year by relatives, who believe they have disgraced their families.
As proud Americans are we meant to stand back and allow these people in our country to Murder our daughters?