TV executive convicted of beheading wife

by nkronos on February 8, 2011

Is it religious bigotry when I hear of some unknown someone “beheading” or “decapitating” a victim, I immediately wonder whether the murderer…held certain beliefs?

Aasiya Hassan

Aasiya Hassan

Perhaps it’s because of remembering Daniel Pearl and Nicholas Berg, the murder of the latter registering as the single worst thing I’ve ever personally seen on the Internet. (I suggest in the strongest way you not watch it yourself.) Or perhaps it’s because in 2010 one could still be beheaded for witchcraft in our staunch ally Saudi Arabia.

Regardless, even when the headline is “US TV executive convicted of beheading wife,” I’m not in the least surprised to learn upon reading the full story the following:

The founder of a Muslim-oriented New York television station has been convicted of beheading his wife in 2009 in the studio the couple had opened to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims after the September 11 terror attacks….Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable said Hassan bought two hunting knives less than an hour before the attack, parked his luxury vehicle out of view at the station and then hid in wait inside. During a 37-second frenzy that began when Hassan’s wife walked through the door, he stabbed her more than 40 times in the face, back and chest and decapitated her….

“Think of Aasiya’s hurt and pain in years of marriage and the final 30 or 40 seconds trying desperately to fend off his two knives with her hands and possibly being conscious as he began to behead her,” Curtin Gable said during a closing statement that had some jurors dabbing tears from their eyes…..

Hassan said “religion”…in the domestic-violence system had “unleashed a bloodbath on American women because battered men have no legal way out.”

Thanks to the way America elevates women’s rights at the expense of men, providing Mr. Hassan with no course of action but cutting off his wife’s head, she leaves two children, aged 4 and 6, motherless.

Had the Hassans resided in a more equitable country like Pakistan, where a man is free to be a man, this tragedy might have been avoided.

Before 2006, Pakistan was under the Hudood Ordinance, which made the prosecution of rape almost impossible and filled with risk for any woman with the temerity to bring charges. Under Hudood, if a married woman accuses a man of rape and he is acquitted, she faces the charge of adultery. Pervez Musharraf’s government weakened this law in 2006, but it still remains in force. According to the National Commission on the Status of Women, 88 percent of female prisoners in Pakistan are incarcerated for adultery.

As I mentioned in a previous post, it would be a good thing if those calling for the “liberalization” of Egypt and Mubarak’s hasty departure to remember Egypt also has a history of repression of women: nine out of 10 Egyptian women have suffered genital mutilation as the practice was not banned until 2007.

It’s not enough in judging the morality of a state to consider how it treats racial and religious minorities and non-citizens. In condemning Israel on behalf of the Palestinians, the Western left seems oblivious to how much better off a woman of any ethnic background is in the single Jewish state versus the dozens of Muslim ones. And women are more than half the population!

Because of the virtually universal acceptance of inequality between men and women in Islam, a professional apologist for the religion like Aasiya Hassan can address 12 jurors and ask for their pity after beheading his wife. Even when a videotape exists showing his premeditated 37-second butchering of her, he can talk for two hours about what a “dragon lady” she was–and think he’s mounting a defense of his savagery.

The jury took half that long to convict him.

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