The latest "culture clash" (the media can be so creative) over one girl's fight to take off the headscarf. The girl's friends told CBC News that she had been arguing with her father because he allegedly wanted her to wear a traditional hijab. Where are the feminists?
Strangled teen succumbs to injuries
Man allegedly chokes daughter over culture clash By ROB LAMBERTI, SUN MEDIA hat tip Norman
MISSISSAUGA -- School friends of Aqsa Parvez say they knew that one day they'd be told the 16-year-old would be fighting for her life.
Because of a clash of cultures, a conflict between Muslim tradition and Western lifestyle, they learned yesterday that Aqsa was in grave condition in hospital after allegedly being choked by her father.
A man telephoned Peel Regional Police at 7:55 a.m. yesterday claiming he had killed his daughter.
When police arrived at the posh Longhorn Trail home, where about a dozen people spanning three generations live, Aqsa was barely alive.
Peel medics rushed her to Credit Valley Hospital and she was later transferred to the Hospital for the Sick Children for trauma care.
Aqsa's school chums at Applewood Heights Secondary School say she wanted to break free from the cultural restraints imposed by family.
Friend Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson, 16, said Aqsa told her something could possibly "happen."
"She was scared to go home," she said.
Aqsa had recently been staying with a friend and wanted to return home to get her belongings, friends said.
They said this year the Grade 11 student began taking off her hijab, a traditional headscarf, as she headed to school and put it back on when she returned home.
Friends said her father allowed her to wear "regular clothes," but only if she wore the hijab.
"She wanted to dress like us," said one girl. "To be normal."
"Yes, we were really worried" about Aqsa returning home to get her clothes, Dominiquia said.
"You don't know if she's going to live?" she asked, as she was consoled by friends and breaking into tears. "No."
UPDATE: That tragic girl didn't make it.
Aqsa's father Muhammad Parvez, 57, a driver with Blue and White Taxi, was taken into custody and will be formally charged in Brampton court this morning