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Police Say Georgia Man Killed Own Daughter to Protect Family Honor

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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.

Click here to read more from FOX affiliate MyFoxAtlanta.com

FOX News' Marianne Silber and David Lewkowict contributed to this report.

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Comments

1.
Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 7, 2008, 5:47 pm
Our politicians need to wake up and let these creeps know no sharia law in the U.S.

2.
Comment by Gentlespirit - July 7, 2008, 6:48 pm
They need to execute him and send the whole damn family back to Pakistan!!!
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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 7, 2008, 6:57 pm
C'mon people. There are hints of bigotry in these 2 comments. Unfortunately, domestic violence is very common and you don't have to be from Pakistan to be an abusive husband, wife or parent. A little 12 year old girl was murdered by her uncle last week.    Susan Smith drowned her children.
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colthmnComment by colthmn - July 7, 2008, 10:08 pm
JP, very perceptive, I missed it all together! You just keep getting better.
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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 7, 2008, 10:20 pm
Nope, justxploring, nope. If these muslim creeps want to practice sharia law let them do it in the islamic hell hole they came from, but not in our country.
Sharia law, islamic "mercy killings", and such are far beyond domestic violence.

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emilygComment by emilyg - July 7, 2008, 11:25 pm
This is not domestic violence. Far worse.
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TenajComment by Tenaj - July 7, 2008, 11:26 pm
I don't understand how JP can compare this to domestic violence. I don't get it. I agree with Coin Toss and Gentlespirit.
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time*treatComment by time*treat - July 8, 2008, 1:09 am
They're not all from Islamic countries ...
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/AP/story/584241.html
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konaneComment by konane - July 8, 2008, 8:19 am
Not domestic violence at all .... caveman belief regarding ownership of women as personal property to be done with as they choose including murder, battery at will, female genital mutilation and enslavement justified by their particular "belief system."

It's a human rights issue.
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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 8, 2008, 10:13 am
konane

The article doesn't say if that guy was Hindu or muslim, but India has plenty of muslims.

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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 8, 2008, 12:08 pm
Domestic violence includes murder. When people here are saying "this is much worse than domestic violence" I guess they have no clue what those words mean!   Do you know how many women have been set on fire by their husbands? What about the man who walked into a store where his wife worked and poured gasoline on her & lit her up? Unless you people live in a bubble, people murder family members all the time for a variety of sick reasons. Your comments puzzle me.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 8, 2008, 12:14 pm
I have to add to this: Konane writes - "It's not domestic violence at all" and then says "It's a human rights issue"

When did domestic violence NOT become a human rights issue?   This type of thinking is why women in America have to run away and hide in shelters. This is why when Maria Lauterback cried for help, nobody paid attention until her burned body was found in a shallow grave. Don't kid youself about Human Rights in this country. Homeless people are beat up in the street. Poor people rot in jail because they can't afford the proper defense.   If there is violence and injustice against a person, then to me it's always a Human Rights issue.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 8, 2008, 12:38 pm
Just a few links I found in a couple of seconds:
These women probably heard the same words from a judge who labeled their problems as "only" Domestic Violence and issued a restraining order or told them to get marriage counseling.

http://www.nbc4.com/news/5079610/detail.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,206274,00.html

http://www.nbc6.net/news/9236573/detail.html

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B05E5DA143BF936A3575BC0A96E958260


Emily Writes that this killing is "far worse" than Domestic Violence.   What could be worse than being set on fire and burning to death?   Tenaj says "I don't get it" because I compared murdering your daughter for the honor of your family with domestic violence. This saddens me.   If this man was a born & raised in the heartland, what would you call it then? If a White man shot his daughter because she got pregnant by a Black man & felt it "dishonored his family" would you say to send all the farmers back to Kansas? This so-called War on Terror has created a whole new form of bigotry.   

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time*treatComment by time*treat - July 8, 2008, 2:47 pm
I'm curious as to what shelter Susan Smith was hiding in while she was killing her children and exploiting some of that "bigotry" by saying she was carjacked by a black man, to cover her tracks. I missed that article. I'm sure it was *real* enjoyable to be a dark-skinned male in that town for awhile. Oh, that poor, unfortunate, victim woman.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 8, 2008, 2:55 pm
I never said Susan Smith was a victim. Where did I say that? I said she drowned her children! Why are you twisting my words?
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jarasanComment by jarasan - July 8, 2008, 3:16 pm
In our culture (the civilized world) honor and killing are words that don't compliment each other and have no place in our soceity.

Apparantly some of you believe that somehow domestic violence and honor killing is equivalent. Wrong very wrong.

In civilized cultures, any form of violence is not tolerated.

Where there is honor killing, it is tolerated and goes unpunished.

Where they chop off heads for adultery and stealing is where honor killing is tolerated.

Equating civilized society to these trogladyte, animalistic, bloodthirsty cultures is ignorant and ludricous.

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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 8, 2008, 3:17 pm
The violence and killing are tragic bad enough. But these clods want to go to other countries and colonize, never just emigrate.

If their DEVIL WORSHIPPING religion teaches them that "honor killings" are not only ok but called for, let them take theirselves and their religion back to whatever islamic hell hole they came from. I won't cap islam, muslim, allah, or mohammed).

I say make this creep undergo a sex change operation and send him back to Pakistan.




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colthmnComment by colthmn - July 8, 2008, 3:25 pm
No articles to cite, just memories: Working the jail, rear reception door. Middle aged guy walks up the ramp and buzzes, I look, his clothing's blood red hands and face covered with blood. I don't open the door, could be a grand master. I jingle the watch commander.He's out in seconds, opens up and escorts guy to jail dispensary where there's an interpreter. "What happened?" I killed my Wife! Why? She dishonored me. Did she put up a fight? No she let me kill her! Little Tokyo's about 1 block away, it's happened before!
Is it right? I don't think so. I would hope that someday both sides would think about the impact on others their actions have. But Murder in response. No. go get an ice cream! Don't come back.
I think it goes beyond religion, but older cultural relics that have for whatever reason refused to evolve. Maybe these cultural clashes will prove healthy after all! I think it's a Human rights violation.
I'm with JP, and I think she's right!
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konaneComment by konane - July 8, 2008, 5:38 pm
Honor killing, revenge killing it's one human being believing they've achieved god status and can do as they please for any reason they dream up.


"Jury Sentences Rai to Life Without Parole on wsbradio.com

(WSB Radio/AP) -- A Mississippi businessman born in India who was convicted of plotting to have his black daughter-in-law killed weeks after she wed his son has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

WSB's Veronica Waters reports that jurors deliberated for less than two hours on Friday before delivering their verdict in Fulton County Superior Court. A jury convicted Chiman Rai on Thursday of masterminding the death of Sparkle Michelle Rai. Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty.

During the trial, prosecutors argued Chiman Rai believed the 22-year-old woman would bring down the family stock.

Sparkle Rai was found strangled with a vacuum cord and stabbed more than a dozen times weeks after her March 2000 wedding to Rai's son, Ricky Rai.

Jurors reached the verdict on the second day of deliberations, finding the 68-year-old Chiman Rai guilty on seven charges, including felony murder and burglary. "

http://wsbradio.com/news/062708rai.html
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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 8, 2008, 5:40 pm
Some folks posting in this one are missing something- we CAN'T let any entity insist on maintaining their laws (in this case, sharia law) when those very laws contradict ours.

Isolated incidents of people from various groups are evil and tragic enough, but they do not portray people doing things like this as part of an organized belief system.

When people who have come to the U.S. sincerely believe they can committ "honor" killings (some definition of honor) and ignore our laws, they don't belong here.

End of story, this one now locked.

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