A Mississauga cab driver has been charged with the murder of his 16-year-old daughter, who was attacked in the family home after clashing with her strict Muslim family over whether to wear the hijab, the traditional Islamic head scarf for women.
Muhammad Parvez, 57, was charged after his daughter Aqsa Parvez died in hospital late Monday.
The victim’s older brother, Waqas Parvez, was charged with obstructing police in connection with the girl’s death.
Police were called to a home in Mississauga early Monday by a man who told 911 operators that he had killed his daughter.
They found Aqsa Parvez lying motionless on the floor of her bedroom.
To all appearances she was dead, but paramedics found a faint pulse and rushed her to hospital.
The teenager succumbed to her injuries several hours later, police said Tuesday.
Const. J.P. Valade would not give any details about the teenager’s killing, but police sources said she was strangled.
Friends of the girl said she had left the family home, where her brothers also lived with their families, about a week before the attack because of arguments with her father and brothers over her refusal to wear traditional Muslim garb, including the hijab.
“She was scared of her father: He was always controlling her,” said Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson, a friend and classmate at Applewood Heights Secondary School, where both were Grade 11 students. “She wasn’t allowed to go out or do anything: That’s why she left.”
Police Constable Valade would not comment on the possible motive for the killing, but said detectives are continuing to interview neighbours and friends of the girl as well as members of her extended family.
Canadian Muslim groups on Tuesday condemned the attack.
“There should be zero tolerance for violence of any kind against women or girls,” said Shahina Siddiqui, the president of the Islamic Social Services Association.
Faisal Kutty, the legal counsel for the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, said: “We call for the strongest possible prosecution of Ms. Parvez’s alleged attacker.”
Constable Valade said police and prosecutors have not yet decided whether to charge the dead girl’s father with first- or second-degree murder, but they have until the beginning of his preliminary hearing to make that decision.
Mr. Parvez is scheduled to appear in a Brampton court today on a bail hearing.
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