Monday, October 4, 2010

Italy: Pakistani immigrant arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning his wife to death, as she tried to defend daughter

Begum Shahnaz (left) was killed by her husband Ahmad Khan Butt because she defended her daughter Nosheen (right) who refused an arranged marriage

"The victim did not want her daughter to have an unhappy relationship like the one that had been forced on her," said deputy Modena prosecutor Lucia Musti, who is in charge of the investigation.[+]


Arranged immigration marriage gone bad ~ someone's got to pay the ultimate price!

The increasingly bitter and violent quarrels had reportedly been going for months in the Butt household after Noshreen incensed her father by opposing an arranged marriage with a cousin.

The deal is they arrange these forced marriages to help the family member immigrate ~ okay if the child succumbs ~ but when it goes bad there is often either an attempted murder or murder.

These immigrant arranged marriages need to be stopped. Its an enforced sham. And helps keep Muslim women enslaved in the west.


Neighbours in the suburb of Novi di Modena, where the family lived, reported hearing blood-curdling screams coming from the family's apartment on Sunday, but were told by Butt and his son to mind their own business.

In Pakistan for the most part it is legal to kill your wife or daughter ~ if you feel your honor has been injured!


Modena, 4 Oct. (AKI) - A Pakistani immigrant was arrested with his son on suspicion of bludgeoning his wife to death near the northern Italian city of Modena after she defended her daughter for refusing an arranged marriage.

Ahmad Khan Butt, a 53-year-old manual worker allegedly killed his 46-year-old wife Begm Shnez during a violent quarrel after she tried to stop him trying to kill their 20-year-old daughter Nosheen with a wrench.

Butt's 19-year-old son Humar was arrested on suspicion of helping his father bludgeon his mother to death with a rock and attack his sister. Nosheen was left with a severe head wound and was admitted to hospital in nearby Baggiovara di Modena in a critical condition, where she was visited by local politicians.

Neighbours in the suburb of Novi di Modena, where the family lived, reported hearing blood-curdling screams coming from the family's apartment on Sunday, but were told by Butt and his son to mind their own business.

The increasingly bitter and violent quarrels had reportedly been going for months in the Butt household after Noshreen incensed her father by opposing an arranged marriage with a cousin.

Italy's equal opportunities minister Mara Carfagna announced she intended to act as plaintiff in any trial against Butt.

"This is a way to express solidarity with young women immigrants and to make it clear that our country will always defend them against attacks on their freedom and rights as citizens.

"Whoever commits acts of violence against women or even thinks they can murder cannot stay in our country, because Italy unequivocally rejects any form of abuse of women," Carfagna said on Monday.

She called on Italy's judges to deal severely with such crimes and young women to report them "to prevent future tragedies".

Italy's largest Muslim umbrella group UCOII said it deplored Shnez's murder, which reflected "traditions regrettably still in existence in many countries around the world".

"No forced marriage can ever be justified under Islam," UCOII vice-president Patrizia Khadija Del Monte said on Monday.

"It is truly a cultural scourge with bloody consequences," she said.

Several 'honour' killings committed by Muslim immigrants have shocked Italy in the past few years. The most recent was that 18-year-old Moroccan girl, Sanaa, who was stabbed to death by her father, Moroccan immigrant El Ketaoui Dafani for having a love affair with a 32-year-old Italian man.

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