16 Year Old Aqsa Parvez Was Killed by her Father Muhammad Parvez For not Wearing Hijab


A religion of peace? 16 year old Aqsa Parvez was strangled and killed by her Aqsa_hijabfather Muhammad Parvez  because she did not conform to the family’s Muslim religious beliefs and refused to wear a traditional Islamic head scarf, or hijab. Is life that trivial that one would kill their own daughter for not wearing a hijab? Just another example of the attacks on Muslim women to conform to the rules of Islam. The end result, Aqsa Pavez is dead and her father is charged with murder.

Friends and classmates of a 16-year-old girl who police say was murdered by her devout Muslim father in a Toronto suburb told local media Tuesday she was killed for not wearing a hijab.

Police said in a statement they received an emergency call at 7:55 am local time Monday from “a man who indicated that he had just killed his daughter.”

The victim, Aqsa Parvez, was “rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but tragically passed away late last night.”

Her father, Muhammad Parvez, 57, was arrested at the scene and will be formally charged with murder when he appears in court Wednesday, said police. (Beitbart)

Was she killed over a hijab?

Aqsa’s friends: ‘She wanted to live her life the way she wanted to’

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    26 Responses to “16 Year Old Aqsa Parvez Was Killed by her Father Muhammad Parvez For not Wearing Hijab”

    1. nurturer on December 12th, 2007 11:41 am

      This is what Canada has been asking for. With it’s multicultural policies, open door immigration policies and “come on in, it’s free” message to immigrants and refugees, Canadian authorities and the Canadian public alike will see more imported barbarism.

      You wanted them, you got ‘em.

    2. Sharon Chicago on December 12th, 2007 11:47 am

      Nut case like that makes me want to say hmmmmmmm

      If he murdered his daughter for religious reasons not wearing her headscarf/hijab….

      I wonder what he had planned for all of us Christians who believe in Jesus….

      America needs to wake up… there are enemies in our camp.

    3. Vijay Mehta M.D. on December 12th, 2007 12:42 pm

      To all my fellow immigrants from eastern countries,

      This is extremely tragic news. Media has portrayed this as a murder by her father due to hijab. That may not tell the entire story.

      This is what we know. Father was a taxi driver and a devout moslem (praying six times a day). He called police and informed them that he killed his daughter. This household had 11 members living there. Teenager Aqsa wanted to wear clothes like other teens and did not wear hijab whenever she got a chance. A week before her death she moved out of house to stay with her friend. She went home to pick up her belongings and the next thing we know is that she was strangled to death by her father.

      The media thinks this is a death due to hijab. However, there may be lot more than hijab controversy. The escalating anger between a rebel teenager and strict family may have lead to this heinous crime. Arguments may be over hijab, studies, following religious and cultural traditions, alcohol, boy friends, etc. A teen growing up in western enviornment and living in Indian or Pakistani houshold is caught between two extremes. Living a double life comes natural to them. One day they get caught. Now the drama unfolds.

      We may never know all the details in this incidence. And it is definitely not my intention to throw mud at any one or any group of people. But there are lots of lesson here. Just as there were in case of a 18 year old Sikh girl killed by her dad few months back in Canada because she ran away with a Canadian man.

      In our multicultural world we have migrated to a vastly different culture. Our teens are under tremendous peer pressure to feel a sense of belonging to the western kids. They will defy our laws, they will not meet our expectations and a feeling of let down is obvious. Remember coming to US or Canada was a choice we made not our children,

      However, under no circumstances it should allow us to do anything or say anything that infringes on the freedom of choice that this country allows. It only backfires our mission to keep our youth connected to our values. There is no surer way to make a teen go ballistic than to challenge them with authoritarian dictum. Little did Muhammed Parvez (the dad) know that most of the rebellious behavior of his daughter originated by his strict behavior.

      In a much smaller scale the struggle between a teen and parents go on in many desi household.

      May we learn something from this sad episode.
      May we develop a support system in our own community for troubled teens.
      May we develop a support system for our distressed parents.

      To a teen in such a situation. It is not about who is right and who is wrong. If you think you are dealing with irrational parents – do not escalate. There is a difference between being empowered versus being a rebel. Contact me vijayvip@aol.com or talk to some elder person whom you trust. When you are sixteen 2 years without hijab may seem like eternity but trust me slow and steady wins the race. Do not run away from home. Do not move out of home – that is surely to make parents that they are losing you and precipitate irrational behavior.

      No one can ever bring Aqsa back but if we all learn to become calm and rational in face of cultural clash and prevent even one such happening her life would not go in vein!

      To all who are unfamiliar with Eastern culture – please do not oversimplify this heinous crime as a result of one religion or ethinicity or nationality. It is a complex issue of struggle faced by immigrant to this country who came in search of prosperity and now have to deal with learning the western way. A rational dialogue is in order not figner pointing.

      May your soul rest in peace Aqsa.
      - Vijay Mehta
      (Dr. Vijay Mehta is a board certified surgeon and motivational speaker addressing the issue of culture clash)


    4. John Staton on December 12th, 2007 5:04 pm

      Truth is that if this had occurred in most Muslim countries the authorities would have done absolutely nothing, it would have been just another “honor” killing. It is only when it happens in a mostly non Muslim country (say France) does it get any attention at all. Be aware, next month a short film will be shown in Holland which directly attacks the belief structure of Islam. The result most likely will be more violence from these peaceful people. Though I have worked with and known several followers of Islam I am now beginning to fear the actions of many who profess Islam. There simply is to much pure hatred expressed and a low value for human life from so many of them.

    5. Allan on December 12th, 2007 8:09 pm

      I have to agree John. Ditto.

    6. Ray on December 13th, 2007 1:37 am

      If this case were in the USA and I were on the jury, I would vote to put him om death row so quick that he would not know what hit him.

    7. Scared Monkeys on December 13th, 2007 1:38 am


      “To all who are unfamiliar with Eastern culture – please do not oversimplify this heinous crime as a result of one religion or ethinicity or nationality”.

      Oh BS!!!

      Spin it any way you want. The fact of the matter is that the father killed his daughter and in the Muslim religion women have “0″ rights. PERIOD!!!

      This just follows a long patters of blaming women when they are victims and killing them when it is convenient.

    8. brenda on December 13th, 2007 9:42 am

      Dear Vijay Mehta M.D.

      You title means nothing more than the fact you were endoctrinated by one or more colleges. You can make all the excuses you want, but this was nothing more than an Islamic teaching carried out by a cruel father devout to his religion. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Common sense cannot be taught and is more likely “taught out of” those who depend solely on their educations. I do not need anything more than my own common sense to see this father killed his daughter for his religious beliefs, his own pride/ego, and the FACT those two things far outweighed any love for his own daughter.

      THE FATHER IS AN ADULT!!! If this wasn’t based on his religious beliefs as it already crystal clear, you are saying he is on or below the same emotional level as the daughter. He reacted like a vicious brute…meaning…he’s not only NOT a father…but NOT a man…and NOT a mature individual. NO WONDER the daughter ran away. Poor little thing.

      Sharon…you hit the nail on the head.

    9. jgirl on December 13th, 2007 10:59 am

      Exactly why I don’t want those people in this country. They cannot break our laws over there stupid beliefs that should have been left in their country. “In Rome, do as the Romans”. Burkas, scarfs, etc.. should be placed in a container at the airport upon their arrival, or dont’ come in our Country. They believe nothing our country was founded on, don’t honor any of our customs or holidays, and most are probably terrorist, or they are connected to them. Anyone who thinks otherwise is foolish. What a great example of a father. He is probably praised by his peers.

    10. Sharon Chicago on December 13th, 2007 2:16 pm

      A devout Muslim praying 6 times daily…. and then he murders his daughter for not wearing a hijad (sp)…all in the name of God.

      My God (Jesus) says man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart….

      Too bad this girls father serves the demon Muslim Gods that say go and murder your daughter…oh yeah and the Christians too.

    11. Thijssie on December 13th, 2007 6:22 pm

      @ John Staton,

      As I’m from the Netherlands I can tell you something what happend after the first film shown on television about muslims. That film was made by Theo Van Gogh and Hirsi Ali. The film was about the rights that women have, zero as we all know. A little time later Theo was murdered by a radical muslim. He was shot and he was stabbed in the stomach with an arabic letter on the knife. The letter was a warning to Hirsi Ali that she would be next etc. Now this new movie is made by Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician. He has clear ideas about muslims especially in the Netherlands. He says the koran must be forbidden, even as the headscarfs and the so called ‘black schools’ (schools for muslim, yes they really do excists) must be closed. And I think he is totally right. You guys better watch out with Obama.. you never know..

    12. Guest on December 13th, 2007 7:40 pm

      Just goes to show how religion can totally brainwash the weak and fanatic who are born with no compassion for life at all.

      God said to be fruitful and mulitply and to NOT worship things – isn’t a Hijab a ‘thing’? I must have skipped the part in the Koran where it said Thou shalt murder thy daughter for not wearing a Hijab.

      Wait till they get a load of this dude in jail. They don’t like crimes against the lil’ kids ya know. He’ll get his punishment for the rest of his natural life. Or will our government be easy on such religious nutcases now that they are infiltrating USA soil in droves.

      Poor little girl. My heart just breaks for such stupidity.Worship God, Allah, in your hearts and be loving to all mankind. Stop bowing down to a Hijab.

    13. Guest on December 13th, 2007 7:53 pm

      Ok, I am soooo confused.

      I read here by ‘fellow muslims’ how sad and tragic this is. So tell me, is your religion about Love or about Hatred? Which is it – it can’t be about both. Love of God, but hatred for anyone who doesn’t wear a hijab?

      My Bible says ‘Man sees the outside, but God sees the heart’. So if you too have such a verse, does Allah see the heart of this evil father killing his lovely innocent child as pure? Man sees the outside – the Hijab – but God sees the heart. I’m sure that little girl loved Allah very much, and was just trying to fit in as all teens do with their peer group. He should have thought of that before he uprooted the family to Canada (if that is what he truly did).

    14. JHON on December 13th, 2007 10:49 pm

      i am totaly against u jgirl so don’t say that ever again u stupid jgirl do u even know any thing

    15. Patti on December 14th, 2007 1:09 am

      Killing someone, especially your daughter,

      because of your religious beliefs

      is no different than killing someone

      because of theirs.

      Religion is a PERSONAL choice and can’t

      be dictated by your parents, your country

      or your culture.

      Live and let live.

    16. Sarita on December 14th, 2007 5:27 pm

      As a Cuban woman who grew up knowing an ample amount of freedom, I’m nauseated by what Islam does to its women. I’m quite sick and tired of the continuous Islam justification of, “But you don’t understand.. Islam is really a religion of peace” Oh yeah, that’s quite a religion of peace. I think I have understood quite about enough about this religion. You can take this religion of bs peace and stick it. This is a religion that treats women as if they were worth less than dog crap. There is absolutely NO need for hijab. Men don’t wear hijab. The hijab bs must be prohibited in all western nations ASAP. If someone wishes to see hijab worn, move to one of those countries where women are mistreated and you’ll see it. Poor girl.

    17. Kashish on December 15th, 2007 2:27 am

      Enough of thiz Crap people!!!I totally agree with Mr. Vijay Mehta and his wonderful article…Aqsa’s death was tragic..it was her destiny..the way she died is really sad but this doesnt mean ppl start criticizing any religion or culture just becoz of 1 incudent..!!!there are 1000s of such incidents happening in the US and canada..den y not talk about dem????just a few months back..a candian 12year old gal killed her whole family as they stopped her from seeing a 22year old man..STOP hatred people!!!None of you knows the actual controversy dat went on at aqsa’s home..Dun criticize the Eastern Culture..what do You know about it??It teaches values morals and ethics to its people..Eastern Culture is a lot more dan just burkha and hijaab !!!..its much better dan what You all think…!!!PEACE!!

    18. Sarita on December 15th, 2007 9:30 pm

      The problem is that this treatment against women is NOT out of character in countries that are Islamic. Please kindly correct me if I’m wrong but it’s quite clear that it’s something that goes on constantly. Just recently you can see it. Look at Sudan’s treatment of an English teacher from England when she allowed children to name a teddy bear whatever they wished, and they named it Muhammad. Look at the Saudi treatment of the woman that was gang raped. We can go backwards in time and I can cite endless punishments or murders of women for what they wore, didn’t wear, where they went, where they didn’t go, whom they met, whom they didn’t meet, etc. It’s got to STOP. At least in the Western nations, it’s got to be put to a complete stop. Women are as free as men. This bs has got to stop. It’s pure crap.

    19. James on December 16th, 2007 7:42 am

      Small minds kill.

    20. Rebecca on December 19th, 2007 2:10 pm

      You guys are all a bunch of ignorant idiots. Yes, Islam IS a religion of peace. What this man did was wrong but he was following his cultural beliefs, not his religious ones. Does it say in the Quran to KILL your daughter if she refuses to wear a hijab? NO It says NOTHING about even WEARING A HIJAB. You’re mixing CULTURE with RELIGION so please stop conforming to these hateful people writing this bullsh*t articles to get you to hate Muslims. All the Quran declares is to cover yourself enough so you don’t tempt other men because only your husband deserves to see your beauty, no one else. This guy gets an articles written on him because he’s doing something that everyone THINKS Islam condones, which it doesn’t. In he Bible, it literally says in words you can kill. In the Quran, it NEVER says to go out and kill people, NEVER. This man didn’t kill his daughter in the name of Islam; he did it because he is a stupid sh*t, not because he’s Muslim. You all need to open a book and understand the religion before you judge it or you’ll see whats to come of you on Judgement Day. If you go around judging people incorrectly, God is going to judge you as a sinner. Why don’t you grow a mind and just learn to respect every religion and don’t get yourself involved in these hate crimes towards people.

    21. Rebecca on December 19th, 2007 2:43 pm

      Oh and an FYI, I’m Christian but I’ve read and understood the religion of Islam enough to know that all you Muslim haters are just ignorant and probably don’t know enough about your religion to go off and insult other religions.

      AND to the “GUEST” who said “God said to be fruitful and mulitply and to NOT worship things – isn’t a Hijab a ‘thing’? I must have skipped the part in the Koran where it said Thou shalt murder thy daughter for not wearing a Hijab. ” Let me ask you this. What do you consider these sculptutres and statues of Jesus??? Are they not THINGS??? Man-made THINGS that you bow down to and pray to. Statues of Mary, Jesus and God….statues are THINGS that you go into a church and WORSHIP. WHY DO THINK MUSLIMS HAVE NO PICTURES OR STATUES OF MUHAMMAD…..BECAUSE THEY ARE THINGS. JUST LIKE THAT PICTURE OF JESUS YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE….IT’S A THING. Ignorant, you are all ignorant and it kills me.

    22. Olga on December 24th, 2007 12:41 am

      It is true that in Moslem countries, female children are consiered property, and denied normal development emotionally, intellectally, spiriually, and forced to obey unreasonable demands from their parents. They are punished for being human in any way, labelled as rebels if they have their own opinions, interests, and personalities, and God forbid, if they express he dsire to be treated as human beings.

    23. Olga on December 24th, 2007 12:46 am

      Sorry, I did not realize there were typos due to insufficient pressure on some of the keys. I tend to be too light in my touch and some letters do not get printed as a result. I have to learn to hit the keys harder. My comment was supposed to end with “the desire to be treated…etc.”

    24. Amira on July 20th, 2008 5:39 am

      i am a muslim 16 yr old girl.. and i am very proud of my religion…..

      now i also wear a headscarf…. i didn’t get forced to wear it it was my own choice… i respect my religion very much and i respect other peoples religion to…

      After hearing about this girl i feel very sorry for her… may she rest in peace.. her father should have not killed her because of her of her not wearing a head scarf… it was her own choice.

    25. Harvey Keck on August 24th, 2009 2:17 pm

      Is this going to be a trial similar to the “OJ Simpson” trial? The idiot Muslim could get a shrewd lawyer and hack the law to little tiny bits by yelling “racism” “prejudice” “mental illness”. The prosecuting attorney needs to make sure that the jurers are going to see through the hypocritical facade of the defense and hack that idiot father and Aqsa’s brother to little tiny bits.

    26. nashra on April 11th, 2010 11:26 am

      hijab is our choice not compulsion….evry one shud knoe dat in states…….

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