Police Say Georgia Man Killed Own Daughter to Protect Family Honor
A Georgia man appeared in court Monday on charges he killed his own daughter for disgracing his family.
Chaudhry Rashid, wearing a redjumpsuit and shackles around his ankles, went before Chief Judge DaphneWalker at the Clayton County Magistrate Court where he was arraigned ona murder charge.
The54-year-old, who is of Pakistani descent, kept his head down as chargeswere read, and appeared to have difficulty understanding instructionsfrom the judge, possibly the result of a language barrier.
Histwo sons were also in attendance, watching their father from seats inthe rear of the courtroom, joined by two others. Rashid waved to theircorner as he shuffled slowly out, impeded by the shackles.
The25-year-old victim, Sandeela Kanwal, was wed in Pakistan in an arrangedmarriage. Police said Kanwal hadn't seen her husband, who lives inChicago, for months.
Accordingto police, there was "friction between father and victim" in the weeksleading up to the killing. Rashid had not spoken to his daughter inmore than two months.
Policesaid Rashid was so angered that his daughter planned to divorce herhusband that he killed her after a heated argument at the family'shome, FOX News affiliate MyFoxAtlanta reported.
Policewho arrived at the scene said they found Rashid's two sons at the endof the driveway and their father sitting behind a car smoking acigarette. Officers said that Rashid appeared "distraught and possiblymournful" and told police "my daughter is dead" when they arrived.
After entering the home, Kanwal's body was discovered in the doorway of a bedroom, cold to the touch, officials said.
Apolice report said that there were possible "ligature marks" indicatingstrangulation on the victim and noted that an iron and cord had beenfound near her body. A necklace was also found on a table downstairs,according to the report.
Rashid was taken to the Clayton County jail where he reportedly confessed to strangling Kanwal.
The news shocked neighbors and friends.
"Thefamily is very upset and stressed," said Shahid Malik of the PakistaniAmerican Community of Atlanta. Malik told MyFoxAtlanta that he met withthe family Sunday and said they were all traumatized.
Rashidwill be back in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. EDT. His bond hearing isscheduled for July 25 at 8 a.m., with a preliminary hearing July 24.
FOX News' Marianne Silber and David Lewkowict contributed to this report.