In a hideous irony, the Pakistan-born founder and CEO of Bridges TV--launched in the USA in 2004 to portray Muslims in a more favorable light--was charged with second-degree murder in the grisly beheading death of his wife on Thursday, February 12th, in Orchard Park, NY.
Aasiya Hassan, age 37 and the mother of four, had dared to file for divorce from her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, age 44. There was an order of protection to ensure that he was out of the family home by February 6th.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media have been deafeningly silent about this crime. The Buffalo News has reported it (http://www.buffalonews.com/494/story/578644.html), but, so far, it's primarily the blogosphere that has picked up on it (e.g., http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Founder_of_Buffalo_N.Y._Muslim_cable_0214.html and http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/damian_thompson/blog/2009/02/14/founder_of_positive_muslim_tv_channel_charged_with_beheading_wife). It's unclear why the alleged perpetrator hasn't been charged with first-degree murder. There better be a good reason.
Why, oh why, aren't more people standing up for these victims? Beheadings in the 21st century? No. Just no.
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