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Georgia Man Kills Daughter for Honor

This is a sad story. When police arrested him, you get the impression he was really sad he did it, and caught up in something he regretted.

Georgia Man Charged in ‘Honor Killing’
Posted: 2008-07-08 22:21:56
Filed Under: Crime News, Nation News

ATLANTA (July 8) – A Pakistani man is charged with killing his 25-year-old daughter in Georgia because she wanted out of an arranged marriage, police said.

Chaudhry Rashid, 54, of Jonesboro, an Atlanta suburb, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon to face murder charges in the death of Sandeela Kanwal, according to court records.

He was arrested early Sunday, after his wife called police at about 2 a.m. She reported that she had been awakened by screaming but couldn’t understand the language, a Clayton County police report said. She said she was afraid and left the house to call police.

Officers found Kanwal dead in an upstairs bedroom of the home, according to the police report.

Rashid’s wife told authorities Kanwal recently had been married in Pakistan — an arranged marriage, she said. The young woman’s husband was living in Chicago, Illinois, police said, but Kanwal remained at her father’s home and worked at a metro Atlanta Wal-Mart for a brief time.

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July 9, 2008 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, Law and Order, Marriage, Pakistan, Social Issues, Women's Issues |


  1. sad indeed.. you’d think they’d treat their daughters with more civil attitude

    Comment by chika | July 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. This is sad!

    Comment by Ansam | July 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. Chika, when I read this story, I felt sad for the daughter, who didn’t want to be married at all, and not to the guy she was married to, and for the Dad, who was trying to do the right thing for his daughter – according to the old ways – and I think he just had a hard time understanding why it wasn’t working.

    I bet he didn’t really mean to kill his daughter, and I bet he was really sorry he did it. He didn’t try to escape, he wasn’t defiant . . . he seemed sad. It’s not like some of the other stories where the father/brother/uncle etc say “she deserved it”/

    Ansam – It is, it is just so sad.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. The truly sad part is that he did indeed follow the old ways: he didn’t try to escape because he doesn’t believe he did anything wrong. And he is appearing in court because he expects the court to back him up by giving him a token no-time-in-jail sentence.

    The only “new way” thinking that I see in him is that he waited until the dead of night to kill his daughter, rather than doing it during the day, and that he didn’t go directly to the local police station to announce that he had killed her.

    What a horror.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | July 9, 2008 | Reply

  5. I’m sad about that.. very hard horor.

    Comment by Dejan Stamenkovic | July 9, 2008 | Reply

  6. thats just sad

    Comment by eshda3wa | July 9, 2008 | Reply

  7. Little Diamond, is that what news sources say, or is that your estimation of the situation? I thought he was treated with unusual sympathy, for the kind of killing he committed.

    What a waste. Lives wasted, other lives damaged and will never be the same.

    Eshdawa – We blog so much, few posts are memorable. Your series on the rooftop seduction – that was memorable.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  8. Sad !

    Comment by Grey | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  9. Sad indeed! A minor technicality we have here – this post truly is not about a Georgia man instead, it is about a Georgia based Pakistani man. Honor killings as far as I know are rampant in rural Pakistan where he is originally from.

    Comment by the humbug chronicles | July 19, 2008 | Reply

  10. Technically, we are both right. It appears to me he was a transplant – America is full of transplants, in fact we are all transplants, even the Native Americans wandered in from Asia over the land bridge at one time. The wife and daughter appear to have transplanted more successfully; the Dad still had some beliefs he couldn’t leave behind.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 20, 2008 | Reply

  11. This just is totally off the shelf. It ain’t fair that Bakistan always gets the rap for honor killings when we all know honor killings to be a way of life in the Sudan, tribal Egypt, Jordan, many parts of Arabia and large swathes of rural India and Afghanistan.

    Comment by anonymous | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  12. LLOOLLL, BL – this is you, isn’t it? Pakistan doesn’t always get the rap – I know there is a huge movement in Jordan to wipe the barbaric custom out totally. Honor killings are a horror any place in the world where one person feels entitled to take the life of another for bringing some imagined shame on him/her. Men kill women in the USA all the time for leaving them, as if they were property that didn’t have rights. It isn’t thought of as honor killing. The idea in that case is “if I can’t have you, no one else ever will.” Stalkers think that way, abusive husbands whose wives get up the courage to leave, fathers who think daughters are their possessions, not individuals in their own right, etc.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 23, 2008 | Reply

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