I had hoped to blog about another area of Jordan today, describe its beauty, tell a tale about it, and link to some photographs. But when I performed my daily ritual of Googling for dishonor killing news, I discovered that a 25-year-old Clayton County, Georgia woman named Sandela Kanwal was strangled to death earlier today by her father, Chaudhry Rashad (pictured here, in my rogues' gallery: http://www.redroom.com/galleryimage/chaudhry-rashad-57-usa). Her "sin"? She'd told him she wanted out of her arranged marriage.
The news reports and the police aren't calling it a dishonor killing, but that's what it is. Arranged marriages and divorces are often triggers for them.
Here's an account of the crime, for those who are interested:
Police: Arranged Marriage Led Father to Kill Daughter
By S.A. Reid
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 6, 2008
A Clayton County man faces murder charges in the strangling death of his 25-year-old daughter early Sunday over her desire to end an arranged marriage.
Chaudhry Rashad, 54, apparently got mad during an argument in which the victim, Sandela Kanwal, told him she wanted out of the marriage, Clayton police officer Timothy Owens said.
Authorities were called to their Utah Drive home in Jonesboro just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Kanwal lived with her father when she was not with her husband, who is in Chicago, Owens said. She hadn't seen the husband in three months, he said.
Both Rashad and Kanwal are of Pakistani descent.
Rashad had a seizure shortly after the strangling and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Owens said. He was in custody Sunday at the Clayton County jail and could make an initial court appearance Monday.
Owens said he was unaware if there had been any previous police calls to the home.
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