WAGWAN GUYS! You already know it’s Pulse Blog’s Thursday blogger, Moiz coming at you on this brisk fall (feeling like winter) day. So this week, I was reading the news and I stumbled upon something that flat out disgusted me. It wasn’t the first time I had read something like it. In fact, I was getting fed up from reading so many similar stories that I was actually cheeeeeesed.
Alright so, what I read was the case of the Shafia sisters. If you don’t know the story I’ll give you guys a breakdown of what it’s about. A man named Shafia, his wife and their son have all been accused for four counts of first-degree murder against their three daughters and his other wife. Shafia called his daughters “treacherous” because one of his daughters had been seeing another guy secretly for quite some time. The other two daughters had done nothing wrong, but Shafia believed that if one could do something like that, the others were bound to do the same. Basically, they were murdered because they dishonoured the family name according to Shafia.
The first problem here for me is that I have read different forms of this story way too many times. Most people would think that honour killing is only a problem in third world countries, but most of the recent stories I’ve read were stories from North America and the U.K!
The second problem is that it is the freaking 21st CENTURY! Why this is still happening around the world makes no sense to me. I mean, I understand if your culture/religion doesn’t allow serious relationships until you’re older but there’s a certain line that one just cannot cross. Going back to the Shafia story, the youngest daughter once reported to the police that she wanted to be removed from her home because her father often threatened to kill them. She also told police that one day after they came home late from shopping, he hit her and pulled her hair, and her brother punched her in the eye. This is exactly my point, I understand that they were late and there should obviously be a consequence for that. But violence, making death threats and eventually following up on those threats CANNOT be justified in anyway. NOTHING gives any person a right to take someone else’s life away. Nothing can ever justify taking someone’s life away, whether it be culture, religion, “ruining the family’s name”, NOTHING!
The third thing that bothers me is (please don’t get me wrong on this, I am not putting down any religion in this post; so read the whole post before you form an opinion) how in most cases, people use religion to justify their actions. Now when the media realize this they’re always quick to mention it and the people who don’t know better end up forming an opinion of a WHOLE religion based on ONE person’s perspective of it (this one person’s perspective is normally wrong and doesn’t represent the view of an entire population at all). This sparks a chain reaction of more and more people misunderstanding the actual beauty behind EVERY belief.
Well that marks the end of this rant. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know where you stand in all of this in the comment box below.
Until next week readers.
Peace and Love.
Moiz’s quote of the week: A misunderstanding causes war, the truth causes peace.