Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Shocking Honor Killing in Denmark

I was reading some blogs today when I came across something that is truly shocking - a photograph of a Pakistani Muslim man shooting dead his younger sister while her injured and helpless husband looks on, in an honor killing. What is even more disturbing is that this execution takes place in broad daylight in a public street in Denmark - in Denmark, that paradise of liberal European society !!! This and other incidents (such as Theo Van Gogh's killing in the Netherlands for highlighting mistreatment of women in the Islamic community), show how Muslim communities have managed to hold on to the most barbaric tribal customs even while living in the midst of the most liberal of societies. If such things can happen in places like Denmark and the Netherlands, which are so open-minded and tolerant, and where the Muslim communities are very small and have every opportunity to get a liberal education, what is the hope that the bulk of the Muslim community in India will ever give up some of its more obscurantist and anachronistic beliefs and practices, and will see itself as part of mainstream Indian society and maybe even aspire to be part of the educated "middle class" ? What is it in the Islamic ideology that promotes this type of thinking and behavior ? And is there any realistic hope of changing the mindset in Islamic communities without large scale violence ?

5 Comments:

Blogger Sujai said...

Sid-
I share your concern. According to me, it is upto the majority in India to take up the task of reforming the prevalent system practised by Muslims closely working with some of the influential Muslim leaders, and by putting in place certain promoting mechanisms to make sure they come into mainstream.

The majority should take this up as a duty so that we can imagine a future where there is no distinct division (as it is right now) between these communities.
Sujai

May 04, 2006 1:43 AM  
Blogger balaji said...

its time we accepted the truth muslims and catholic christianity are the two must virulent forms of religion in the world, you can be an atheist and still be a hindu or a buddhist.wars are fought on the basis religion only by these 2 communities.its time for them to realise that there is a problem with their religion and start reformin it ,it cant be done by an outsider some of the muslims or christians dont seem to accept the intolerant verses in their holy scripts the bible calls for non believrrs as satans and the quran calls them to be killed as "infidels" these 2 scripts needs some serious reform

May 06, 2006 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honor Killing is not a Muslim practice and has never ever been. The penalty for murder of an innocent in Islam is death. Honor killing is a barbaric South-Asian age old cultural practice. Please do not analogize a cultural practice with religion just to put a religion down.

May 15, 2006 10:29 PM  
Blogger Alessio Aguirre said...

If a Catholic kills a person ...
If a Jew kills a person ...
If a Muslim kills a person ....

Please, people kill people. that is the news "A man killed his sister"

July 31, 2008 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like how you totally seem to miss the comment at the bottom of the article,

Many members of the Pakistani community were shocked over the weekend to hear reports that a 29-year-old Pakistani man was apprehended on Saturday, accused of shooting his 19-year-old sister and her Afghan husband on Friday. The sister died shortly after from her gunshot wounds.

‘We will try to find imams and other prominent people to get a discussion about this cultural phenomenon, which is not a religious practice in any way,’ said Nazir."

Good job not presenting all sides of the story and fostering misunderstanding.

October 20, 2008 2:09 PM  

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