Women's minister says 'honour killings' won't be tolerated in Canada

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Toronto, July 13 (ANI): Canada's Minister for Women has warned that honour killings and other violence against women will not be tolerated in the country.

"There is a small minority in some communities who use violence against women as a method of avenging their so-called honour," Rona Ambrose said at the Punjabi Community Health Services in Mississauga, west of Toronto, which is home to many immigrants from South Asia.

"Let me be explicit: This type of violence, the most extreme of which is often known as 'honour killing,' has no place in Canadian society," Ambrose added.

"Killing or mutilating anyone, least of all a family member, is utterly unacceptable under all circumstances, and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Ambrose said.

The so-called honour crimes "are an extreme and brutal violation of the values we hold dear, and it is shameful that there are those who encourage or tolerate them," Ambrose said.

"... Being a member of Canadian society comes with the responsibility of upholding Canadian laws and values," she added.

Mississauga was the location of one of the most shocking cases of honour killing in recent Canadian history.

Aqsa Parvez rebelled against the rules established by her father Muhammad, an immigrant from Pakistan who had eight children.

The 16-year-old wanted to stop wearing the hijab, wanted get a part-time job, wanted to wear Western clothes to school and wanted spend time with her friends.

On Dec. 10,2007, she was strangled by her 60-year-old father, aided by her 29 year-old brother.

Ms. Parvez's mother told the court that her husband said: "My community will say you have not been able to control your daughter. This is my insult. She is making me naked." (ANI)

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