When Abdalla Yones learnt that his 16-year-old child, Heshu, had begun seeing a Christian teenager he stabbed her 11 times. After breaking down the door of the bathroom where she had barricaded herself in, he slit her throat leaving her to bleed to death.This guy then begs the judge for the death penalty. What a total coward.
He's got the gall to kill his daughter and then beg for the easy way out? Go straight to heaven so he can tell Allah that he murdered his daughter because she wasn't living a life respectful to Allah's ways. Luckily, he was sentenced to life in prison, so he'll have to live with what he did for the rest of his life. A punshment, with any luck, far worse than death.
When a man hates another man and kills him because of that hate, usually in terms of race or sexuality, it's called a hate crime. Hate criminals usually get stiffer penalties. But shouldn't dispassionate killings get harsher penalties than hate crimes? So, someone who has opinions and acts on them by killing another person is more deserving of harsh punishment compared to someone who kills without regard? But when a parent kills an offspring, the parent is killing out of his or her on disappointment in themselves in failing to bring up their child in a way they, themselves, approve of. Essentially, the parent is taking out their frustrations on their child and to do it the way Yones did it is just twisted.
But all parents need to think about this - sure, it's an insanely extreme situation, but this really did happen. How far are you willing to take your dissatisfaction with your child's choices in life? It's a free country, but it should be a free world. Once they're old enough to make up their minds, love them because they're your kids, don't hate them because they have a mind of their own. It sounds like a simple lesson. But, you try teaching it to Abdalla Yones.
Read the rest of this soul-crushing article about the murder of this young girl and other such "Honour Killings" at Independent.co.uk.