9 Tragic Honour Killings In North America

9. Sandeela Kanwal, Jonesboro, Georgia

At 19 Sandeela Kanwal travelled to Pakistan from America to fulfill an arranged marriage to a cousin twice her age. After living apart for most of their relationship, she filed for divorce six years later in 2008. But Sandeela’s deeply conservative father — a 52-year-old Pakistani immigrant — couldn’t stomach the thought. One July night that year in the midst of an argument, he strangled Sandeela to death with a bungee cord. Police say he tried to prevent the “disgrace” her divorce would bring his family, seemingly disregarding the disgrace of life in prison for killing his daughter.
9. Sandeela Kanwal, Jonesboro, Georgia

8. Shafia Family Murders, Kingston, Ontario

Rona Amir Mohammed (bottom right) was the infertile first wife of Mohammad Shafia (top middle), a Pakistani-UAE real estate tycoon who settled in Montreal in 2007. After Mohammad Shafia’s second wife (top left) gave birth to seven children, Rona became something of a house slave. The Shafias reportedly held all of Rona’s identity documents and her passport while her husband refused her a divorce and kept her in an abusive relationship. While marital tensions grew, eldest daughter Zainab also became an increasing disappointment to her father due to her relationship with a Pakistani boy.
8. Shafia Family Murders, Kingston, Ontario

7. Palestina Isa, St. Louis, Missouri

Palestina Isa was a sixteen year-old Missourian who liked dance, rap, R&B and rock music. Upon discovering she’d taken a part-time job and dated a non-Muslim black man, her Palestinian father and Brazilian mother decided Palestina had become too Westernized. As she returned home late from a date one evening in 1989, her father emerged from the kitchen with a 7-inch boning knife and stabbed her to death while her mother held her down.
7. Palestina Isa, St. Louis, Missouri

6. Amandeep Atwal, Prince George, British Columbia

17 year-old Amandeep Atwal and 19-year-old Todd McIsaac managed to conceal their their relationship for three years until 2003, when their involvement in a car accident blew their cover. Amandeep’s Sikh father became furious and abusive, leading her to pack her things and move in with her boyfriend in June. But by July, things seemed to be on the mend when her father asked her to attend one last family road trip before settling with Todd. She did, and somewhere between Prince George and Vancouver, her father stabbed her 11 times in her car seat. He delivered her body to the hospital himself, and ultimately received a second-degree murder conviction in 2005.
6. Amandeep Atwal, Prince George, British Columbia

5. Amina and Sarah Said, Irving, Texas

Amina and Sarah Said — 19 and 18 years-old respectively — were found in a bloody taxi in Irving, Texas on New Year’s Day, 2008. Moments earlier, Sarah had called 911 to tell them she and her sister had been shot by their father. Their mother later confirmed that her husband, Egyptian immigrant Yaser Said, killed the two daughters for having non-Muslim boyfriends. He remains at large, pending a $20,000 reward from the F.B.I. for any information contributing to his arrest.
5. Amina and Sarah Said, Irving, Texas

4. Khatera Sadiqi and Feroz Mangal, Ottawa, Ontario

After a night out at the movies with a group of friends, engaged couple Khatera and Feroz (20 and 23, above) drove Khatera’s older brother back to his car in a Phoenix parking lot. As they idled by his vehicle, he returned with a .44 Magnum and open fired at close range. Khatera’s brother Hasibullah, who couldn’t accept that the couple had become engaged without his father’s permission, sat eerily silent when the jury issued him a 25-year murder sentence.
4. Khatera Sadiqi and Feroz Mangal, Ottawa, Ontario

3. Aasiya Zubair, New York

Aasiya Zubair and her husband Muzzammil Hassan were known for founding the first American Muslim English-language television network, Bridges TV. It was at the Bridges TV station in New York that 36-year-old Aasiya was found beheaded in February 2009, six days after serving her estranged husband divorce papers. Pakistani-born Muzzammil — an explosive man with a history of abuse throughout his three marriages — turned himself in the same day, receiving 25 years to life in prison.
3. Aasiya Zubair, New York

2. Noor Almaleki, Phoenix, Arizona

To her father, Noor Almaleki had long been a ‘problem child’, due to her pretty standard teen behaviours of socializing with guys, wearing jeans and posting photos of herself on MySpace. But refusing an arranged marriage to an Iraqi man back in her father’s home country was a step too far. 20-year-old Noor was walking across a Phoenix parking lot with her boyfriend’s mother in 2009 when her father struck both of them with the family Jeep. Noor died instantly; the mother died two weeks later. Noor’s father was captured fleeing the country and received 34 ½ years in prison for second-degree murder, aggravated assault and hit and run.
2. Noor Almaleki, Phoenix, Arizona

1. Jassi Kaur Sidhu, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Of all the tragedies on this list Jassi Kaur Sidhu’s might be the most unsettling. The 24-year-old Canadian beautician fell in love with a rickshaw driver on a 1994 trip to India. After years of secrecy, the two (above) married in 1999 to the great dismay of her family. While the couple shared the same culture, Sidhu’s family fiercely disapproved of her love for a man of “lower status” and made countless abusive attempts — including physically beating her — to prompt their divorce.
1. Jassi Kaur Sidhu, Maple Ridge, British Columbia