Father murdered 3 daughters in honour killing

Published: Nov 17, 2011, 08:38 IST | Agencies |

Mohammed Shafia, a resident of Ontario, says he would kill his daughters a '100 times again' for dating the wrong boys and his 'conscience was clear'

Mohammed Shafia, a resident of Ontario, says he would kill his daughters a '100 times again' for dating the wrong boys and his 'conscience was clear'

A Muslim father charged with murdering his three daughters in apparent honour killings has said he would do it again -- even if they came back to life 100 times.

Mohammad Shafia cursed his daughters Zainab Sahar and Geeti saying they were 'treacherous' as he likened them to prostitutes during a conversation that was recorded by police.

No remorse: Mohammad Shafia cursed his daughters and called them
treacherous and likened them to prostitutes after they started dating
'wrong boys'. He added that he was happy with his decision as his family
honour meant everything

Shame on the family
He is on trial for their murders after they were found dead in the family car along with Shafia's first wife, Rona Amir, in the Rideau Canal in Ontario in 2009.

Initially police thought the family had been involved in an accident and Shafia told them during an interview that he didn't know where they were.

However, his version of accounts did not add up and he was arrested and charged with their murder.

Shafia, who moved to Canada from Afghanistan with his family, is polygamous and after his arrest was heard telling his second wife, Tooba Yahya, that their daughters had brought shame on the family.

He said, "Even if, God forbid, they hoist us on to the gallows... we accept it wholeheartedly", a day after his arrest.

The court heard the recordings in which Shafia talks about his daughters and the fact that they were dating, while ranting about the family's honour.

Zainab had married her boyfriend -- a Pakistani man -- angering Shafia and causing family turmoil. The other two had complained to officials about domestic violence.

Tooba Yahya and son, Hamed are also on trial with him facing charges of first-degree murder. Hamed has denied even being at the death scene. All three have pleaded not guilty to murder.

'Would do it again'
Sharia said, "I say to myself, 'You did well. Would they come back to life a hundred times, for you to do the same again'."

He also says that the family had been violated in the worst possible way. He added, "May the devil...(defecate) on their graves. Is that what a daughter should be? Would (a daughter) be such a whore?"

The jury has also seen graphic underwater video in which a pair of legs can be seen in the murky water.

The family was returning from a trip to Niagara Falls when it ended up in the canal and all the victims were found to have drowned.

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