* Christians do it all the time. Jews and Buddhists do it every day. Hindu’s andÂ Zoroastrians, Rastafarians and Mormons: all kill their daughters when they bring shame to the family honor, right?
Amina & Sara Said send their regards
Another “Nothing to do with Islam” murder filicide
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/06/08
A Clayton County man faces murder charges in the strangulation death of his 25-year-old daughter early Sunday over what police said was her desire to end an arranged marriage.
Chaudhry Rashad, 54, apparently became angry during an argument in which the victim, Sandela Kanwal, told him she wanted out of the marriage, Clayton police spokesman Timothy Owens said.
The father and daughter are both of Pakistani descent, and police said language barriers have slowed their investigation.
Authorities were called to the family’s home, in the 9600 block of Utah Drive in Jonesboro, just after 3 a.m. Sunday.
The Killer:Â Police said the father was angry because he felt his daughter was disgracing the family. Chaudhry was taken to the Clayton County jail.
Kanwal lived with her father when she was not with her husband, who resides in Chicago, Owens said. She hadn’t seen the husband in three months, he said.
Rashad had a seizure shortly after the alleged attack, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Owens said. He was in custody Sunday at the Clayton County Jail and could make an initial court appearance Monday.
Neighbors said there appeared to be several people living in Rashad’s home, but they were not sure who they were or how they were related. The family moved in about two or three years ago.
“They were very nice, very quiet,” said Jack Hannah, who lives a few doors down from Rashad on Utah Drive. He said the family didn’t socialize much but would occasionally host large cricket matches for friends in their yard.
James Ambro said he chatted with Rashad regularly.
“Small talk, mostly,” said Ambro, who also lives on Utah Drive. “He seemed like a real nice fellow. A good neighbor, definitely.”
Owens said he did not know whether there had been previous police calls to the home. Neighbors said they couldn’t recall any prior incidents.