NY Wife Beheading Blasted as 'Honor Killing'
Divorce linked to gruesome murder
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 18, 2009 4:36 AM CST
Muzzammil Hassan, and his wife, Aasiya, pose in the offices of Bridges TV in upstate New York. Hassan has confessed to beheading his wife in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.   (AP Photo/Bridges TV)

(Newser) – The gruesome beheading of a wife in upstate New York by her Muslim husband has been blasted as a retaliatory "honor killing" against a spouse seeking divorce, reports the Buffalo News. “This was apparently a terroristic version of honor killing, a murder rooted in cultural notions about women’s subordination to men,” said the president of the state's National Organization for Women.

Mussammil Hassan, founder of a US Muslim TV network, has confessed to cutting off his wife's head last week, according to law enforcement authorities. Hassan's wife filed for divorce earlier this month and obtained an order of protection barring her husband from their home. A New York matrimonial attorney said some Muslims consider divorce a dishonor.