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Teen Girl Dies After Alleged Dispute Over Hijab
TORONTO, Ont. -- A 16-year-old girl has died after allegedly being choked by her father over a dispute with her family over her refusal to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf worn by some Muslim women.
Peel Regional Police arrested a 57-year-old man Tuesday morning after receiving a 911 call from a suburban home in Mississauga from a man saying he had killed his daughter, according to a Toronto newspaper Web site.
According to the National Post, a Toronto newspaper Web site, when police arrived at the house they found the teen on the floor without any vital signs.
Constable J.P. Valade, a spokesman for Peel police, would not release the names of either the victim or the man arrested and would not give any details about what transpired inside the home.
“We are not getting into the details of her injuries at this time,” he told the newspaper. “We aren’t getting into any details about this case. This investigation is really in its infancy. Officers are still canvassing the neighborhood and talking to family members.”
Friends of the teenager identified her as Aqsa Parvez and said they were shocked by her death but said her family was very strict.
“She got threatened by her father and her brother,” Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson told the newsaper. “He said that if she leaves, he would kill her.”
Another friend said she had previous fights with her father over wearing Islamic dress and wearing her hijaab all of the time.
Police confirmed there were other family members home when the teen died."Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton
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