Many of us no doubt remember the sad tale of Aqsa Parvez, whos own father killed her for dressing and acting in a manner he deemed “too Western”. Well he is being charged with first degree murder.
Police upgraded charges to first-degree murder against the father of a teenaged Brampton girl who friends say was feuding with her family over her refusal to wear a hijab.
(Read our previous stories on the case here.)
And police say they believe Aqsa Parvez’s brother also bears culpability, even if they cannot prove it.
The 16-year-old girl was killed after her brother brought her home to pick up some clothes on Dec. 10.
Waqas Parvez, 26, has been charged only with obstructing police for allegedly misleading investigators.
“He did play a part in her arriving back at the home, as you well know. I’m sure there’s more to this,” Inspector Norm English said on Tuesday of Waqas Parvez’s role in the death.
“The one thing you need is evidence. There’s no point in going to court without it.”
The girl’s murder gained international attention after high school classmates claimed that the girl had clashed with her devout Muslim family about her refusal to wear traditional clothes. The strained relations drove Aqsa out of her home and to another Muslim family, who described her as a “typical” teenager who yearned for acceptance while straddling the Muslim and Western cultures. They disputed the claim that the friction was over a hijab, and said the girl was repairing her relationship with her family in the days leading up to her death.
On the morning of Dec. 10, her brother picked her up at a bus stop and took her home, where police say she was strangled to death before 8 a.m. Police say a man called 911 and said he had killed his daughter.
Muhammad Parvez, 57, was arrested that day and later charged with second-degree murder. The charge was upgraded on Tuesday in a Brampton courtroom to first degree, which suggests premeditation and planning.
“Suffice to say there is certainly strong evidence to show this is planned and deliberate,” said Insp. English, who leads the homicide and missing persons bureau at Peel Regional Police.
Full article and others available in the National Post.
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