A shocking 'honor killing'

A shocking 'honor killing'

February 25th, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

For most of us, there is nothing so precious as our children.

We love them! We treasure them! We nurture them, sometimes even sacrificially. We may spoil them. We seek to guide them to "do well." We honor them if they do. But we still embrace them even if they don't.

Whatever happens, even if our offspring disappoint us as parents, they are still "our" beloved children.

So it is impossible for us to understand the shocking, tragic death of a daughter caused by her father in Phoenix.

A 50-year-old Iraqi immigrant, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, has been convicted of killing his daughter, Noor Almaleki, who was 20 -- because he believed she had brought "dishonor" to the family!

The father wanted his daughter to submit to an arranged marriage, according to his tradition.

She refused. She went to college and had a boyfriend!

So the father resorted to what prosecutors said was, in the eyes of the father, an "honor killing."

The father was convicted of second-degree murder for fatally running over his daughter with his Jeep Cherokee! He was also convicted of aggravated assault for causing injuries to the mother of the boyfriend.

What an "old country" tragedy in our "new world."