Honor killings in America. The very idea sends a chill down my spine, and I want to think that it can’t happen here. And yet it does happen here. And it’s just happened again.
Last week in New York, Muzzammil Hassan, a “moderate” Muslim, was accused of beheading his wife, apparently because she wanted a divorce. Aasiya Hassan had taken out an order of protection, but it did her little good. Sadly, the local news is not looking very deep for the root cause:
“He came to the police station at 6:20 p.m. [Thursday] and told us that she was dead,” Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz said late this morning.
Muzzammil Hassan told police that his wife was at his business, Bridges TV, on Thorn Avenue in the village. Officers went to that location and discovered her body.
Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray Muslims in a more positive light.
The killing apparently occurred some time late Thursday afternoon. Detectives still are looking for the murder weapon.
“Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible,” Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said today. [emphasis mine]
It’s more than domestic violence. And it’s not being reported. Mark Steyn hit the mark when he wrote:
“Just asking, but are beheadings common in western New York? I used to spend a lot of time in that neck of the woods and I don’t remember decapitation as a routine form of murder. Yet the killing of Aasiya Hassan seems to have elicited a very muted response…
But, when Muzzammil Hassan kills his wife and “the face of Muslim news” is unveiled rather more literally, detached from her corpse at his TV studios, it’s all he can do to make the local press — page 26 of Newsday, plus The Buffalo News, and a very oddly angled piece in the usually gung-ho New York Post, “Buffalo Beheading: Money Woe Spurred Slay“.
Oh, really? He beheaded her for some goofy clause in the insurance policy?”
No, he didn’t. Read the whole thing. And then remember that this is not the first instance of honor killing in the US”
Georgia, 2008: Pakistani immigrant Chaudhry Rashid allegedly confessed to cops, “I strangled my daughter.”
Texas, 2008: an Egyptian Muslim in Dallas shot his two teen-aged daughters for being too Americanized.
Fox even produced a FoxNews Special, entitled, “Murder in the Family: Honor Killing in America” which ran last summer. You can watch it here for a grim reminder of what was once unthinkable in this country.
Unthinkable at one time, but no more.