From CNN, another story of a young girl being attacked by a family member:

Arizona police are looking for a man who they allege ran down his daughter and her friend because he believed his daughter had become "too Westernized."

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Peoria, Arizona, police said Wednesday that Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, struck his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Faleh Almaleki, and her friend Amal Edan Khalaf with a vehicle he was driving in a parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki was angry with his daughter "as she had become too 'Westernized' and was not living according to [the family's] traditional Iraq[i] values," Peoria police said in a statement released Wednesday.

Noor Faleh Almaleki is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to the statement. Khalaf, 43, received injuries that are not life-threatening but is still in the hospital, police said.

Noor Faleh Almaleki lives with Khalaf, police said.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki was last seen in a gray or silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said.

No further details were immediately available.


While religion is not specifically mentioned, it would be a safe bet that Hassan is a religious man. I'll grant that there's a chance that I am wrong, and I don't like to jump on every bad thing in the headlines and say "ah ha! Religion caused this!" However, there is a certain mindset that people capable of running over their daughter have that tend to be associated with religious belief, even if it is not a cause.

This is similar to Honor Killings, which are about as tribal as anything you will find in The Bible or the Koran. What is sad is that this man presumably chooses the United States as the place to raise his family, and presumably blames his daughter for naturally acclimating to her environment. He should have ran himself over.

And I say presumably since we don't have too many facts at this point and final judgments should always be reserved until enough facts are present. But I find "honor killings" to be among one of the most heinous crimes that can be committed. Hopefully she lives, recovers fully, and goes on to have a husband of her choice (or a wife!), lives free of subjugation, and prosper as a free woman.

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Comment by Doug Reardon on October 21, 2009 at 9:25pm
If how you live your life is between you and your god, how come so many people are happy to usurp god's judgment and power, and take matters into their own hands, does their god really require help?
Comment by Reggie on October 21, 2009 at 10:13pm
Doing God's will is their calling. But again, this probably had more to do with tribalistic views regarding family honor than a call from God. However, I wouldn't doubt if he was religious and felt that it was God's will that he defend the family's honor. I'm speculating, but basing it off of history.
Comment by Gaytor on October 21, 2009 at 11:48pm
I'm going with god couldn't hit her with a car quite as well since he couldn't even deal with chariots of iron. He does seem pretty impotent.

Reggie, I don't think that you are reaching too far by assuming that we are talking about religion. Take a "traditional" (read racist) Chinese father whose daughter marries a white guy. The father might need to drink a lot to deal with the family gatherings, but they generally don't kill the child.
Comment by Reggie on October 22, 2009 at 6:44am
don't think that you are reaching too far by assuming that we are talking about religion.

Maybe not, but when we assume, we can make asses out of u and me. ;)
Comment by Reggie on November 3, 2009 at 6:52pm
Sadly, she passed away and dad faced murder charges now.

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