Aqsa Parvez – A commentary from


December 11, 2007 @ 09:49

I read the story of Aqsa Parvez and I can’t believe the words. To think a father could murder his daughter over religion in Canada in 2007 is too much to comprehend.

To have a healthy, beautiful, well adjusted 16 year old daughter is a blessing that transcends all religions. Religion should play a distant second to family, and that’s not opinion, its common sense.

Aqsa Parvez just wanted to be like the other kids she hung out with. That’s all.

She wanted to dress like them and look like them, but because it threatened her father’s religious and cultural standards, she dies.

How shocking that anyone would put such a thing ahead of their child’s welfare. From all accounts this was a good kid who just didn’t want to wear a hijab, but it became such an issue that she was afraid to go home and face her father and brothers.

We try and protect our children from drugs and gangs and other bad influences, but we’re constantly put in the position of having to compromise on other things we might not be comfortable with, but things that don’t really matter in the big picture.

Bending on some issues allows your child to feel their space and live with their decisions and consequences that follow.

This isn’t some story that found its way from Saudi Arabia or some other whacked out Muslim country, it happened in Mississauga.

Aqsa Parvez didn’t want to wear a head dress and this morning she died for it.