Once again thank you for being the keynote speaker at our conference. The effectiveness of the conference can best be described “as a catalyst” to drive the need of participants for more knowledge on this important topic. — A/Sgt Anil Singh,


The exact number of honour killings in Canada is unknown, however, there is plenty of evidence that honour based violence is occuring in Canada. Honour violence takes place in specific cultural communities where some immigrants to Canada bring with them and continue to practice cultural traditions and practices which are harmful to women. It is imperative that we understand the dynamics of honour based violence, the risk to young women, and that we are aware of the characteristics of the perpetrators.

Here are some criminal court cases in Canada involving patterns that suggest honour-based killings:

  • In 1991, Kulwinder Dulay was killed by her brother Daljit Singh Dulay because her family disapproved of the man she married.
  • In 1991 Gurdawr Dulay was the man Kulwinder loved and married – he too was killed by his wife’s brother.
  • In 1991 Mukesh Sharma, friend of Gurdawr and Kulwinder was also killed becouse he had assisted the newly-weds.
  • In 1999, 5 year old Farah Khan was killed by her father and step-mother because her father believed she was not his biological daughter and was nothing more than a stain on his honour.
  • In 1999, Aysar Abbas, killed by her husband, Adi Abdul Humaid. He stated that her infidelity was against Islamic religion and cultural practices her behavour had brought shame to his name and his family’s name.
  • In June 2000, Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu a young woman of Indo-Canadian descent secretly met and married her true love, a poor rickshaw driver while visiting India. Her affluent family in British Columbia felt that this marriage had brought dishonour to the family. Jaswinder’s mother and uncle hired a killer to kill Jaswinder. She was 25 year old.
  • In 2001, Kanwaljeet Kaur Nahar was stabbed by her husband. Mr. Nahar claimed that his wife had become too westernized because she smoked and consumed alcohol and socialized with other men.
  • In March 2004 a 14-year-old female rape victim is strangled to death by her father and brother because she has supposedly tarnished the family name. Her name has never been released.http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=d05e437f-4661-4965-9455-ff30c6b9d4a5
  • In April 2004, a man brutally kills his wife and daughter after finding out that his brother had previously molested them.
  • Daughter killed by the father because she had a Christian boyfriend.
  • In 2005, Amandeep Atwal, 17, was killed by her father, Rajinder Atwal becouse she fell in love with Todd McIsaac and wanted to marry him and live with him.
  • On Sept. 19, 2006, Khatera Sadiqu, 20, was gunned down by her brother, Hasibullah Sadiqi, 23, while she sat in the car with her fianc√©. She was killed because she became engaged without her father’s permission.
  • On Sept. 19, 2006, Feroz Mangal, 23, the fiance of Khatera,was also killed by Hasibullah. The three of them had just finished having dinner together.
  • In 2006 Thayalini Subramaniam was killed by her husband, Sugirthanraj Kailayapillai, who accused his wife “of bad character” because she had developed a romantic relationship with a co-worker and brought shame to the family name.
  • December 2007, 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez was found strangled in her room. Killed by her father and older brother. Aqsa’s father felt that she had become ‘too westernized’ and by not following cultural practices important to the family she had brought shame on the family.
  • In 2008 Randjida Khairi was killed by her husband Peer Khairi, 65.
  • In June 2009, Rona Amir Mohammad, 50, the first wife of Mohammad Shafia, was drowned in Kingston.
  • June 2009 – Zainab Shafia, 19. Killed by her father, mother and brother because she fell in love and wanted to marry the man without the family’s consent.
  • June 2009 – Sahari Shafia, 17. Killed by her father, mother and brother becouse she fell in love and wanted to a Canadian teenager.
  • June 2009 – Geeti Shafia, 13. Killed by her father, mother and brother because she wanted independence to choose her clothes, her friends and be a normal Canadian kid.
  • In June 2010 Amandeep Kaur Dhillion was stabbed to death by her father-in-law. He believed that her divorcing his son would bring shame and dishonour to his family name.
  • July 2011 – Shaher Bano Shahdady, killed by her husband Abdul Malik Rustam, 27.

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