Honor Killing Dad: 'Daughter Deserved Death'

Iraqi proudly murdered 17-year-old over her crush on British solider

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 11, 2008 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Iraqi father who suffocated and stabbed his 17-year-old daughter has only one regret over her honor killing: That he didn't murder her "the instant her mother delivered her." "Speaking with a foreign solider, she lost what is the most precious thing for any woman," Abdel-Qader Ali tells the Guardian.

Rand, a student at Basra University, had become infatuated with a British soldier named Paul. Their relationship consisted only of a few conversations, which Abdel-Qader said brought shame on his family. Although he was arrested, police quickly freed him. "The officers were by my side, congratulating me on what I had done," he says.

The father who murdered his daughter for speaking to a British soldier says that everyone knows that honour killings sometimes are impossible not to commit.
The father who murdered his daughter for speaking to a British soldier says that "everyone knows that honour killings sometimes are impossible not to commit."   (AP Photo)
Rand Abdel-Qader was buried in a makeshift grave as her uncles spat on her body in disgust.
Rand Abdel-Qader was buried in a makeshift grave as her uncles spat on her body in disgust.   (KRT Photos)
Honor killings are not uncommon in Iraq, where police generally do not prosecute men for murdering female relatives who bring shame upon their family.
"Honor killings" are not uncommon in Iraq, where police generally do not prosecute men for murdering female relatives who "bring shame upon" their family.   (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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