A leading news in a local newspaper in Queensland, Australia’s gold coast.
A RELIGIOUS feud between a Muslim father and his teenage daughter may have sparked a bloody domestic dispute on the Gold Coast which left the man’s wife dead and him fighting for life in hospital.
Police are investigating suggestions the violence erupted after the 17-year-old girl told her father she wanted to opt out of the Islamic faith and convert to Christianity. The girl’s mother is believed to have stepped in to protect her daughter, only to be fatally stabbed with a kitchen knife.
Neighbours reported hearing “blood-curdling” screams before the hysterical girl ran half-naked from their Southport home unit covered in scratches.
Police later found the body of the girl’s mother, 41, inside the blood-smeared unit. Her husband was taken to the Gold Coast Hospital with a stab wound to the chest. He was last night in a critical condition under police guard.
Neighbour Caitlin Dalton was taking out the rubbish about 7pm on Monday when she heard “loud, huge, terrifying screams” coming from the unit complex.
“She (the teenager) was yelling, ‘Help me, help me, they’re trying to kill me’,” Ms Dalton said. “Everybody heard the screams but we couldn’t work out which unit they were coming from. Then this girl emerged in the stairwell hysterical and crying.
“Her clothes had been ripped off, she was just in her underwear and she had quite severe scratches down her arm and across her back.”
Ms Dalton said that as residents tried to comfort the sobbing girl, she told how she had wanted to “convert from the Islam religion . . . and obviously her father didn’t handle it very well”.
“She said her parents were really strict,” Ms Dalton said
Thankfully, what was not mentioned in the story was that the family involved was a Bangladeshi immigrant family living in Australia for some years and the father is a physician.
NEWS UPDATE: The following day, almost all of Australian newsmedia grabbed this news. The father Dr Muhammad Hossain, a chittagong Medical College graduate, a senior GP and Fellow of Royal Australian College has been named in the media.
The media took the event as an honor killing although the clear sequence of events sorrounding fatal stab of Mrs Yasmeen Hossain and critical wound of Dr Hossain remains unclear.
The local mosque Imam made a statement that there is no ritual of honor killing in Islam and rather it may be a cultural practice in some third world countries, with apparent reference to Bangladesh.
This is worth mention that ritual honor killing is absolutely unheared of in Bangladesh. Changing religion is a big commitment in Bangladesh culture and parents can never accept their children changing religion. But I never heared of any killing on this issue. What commonly happens is that he/she who changes religion is disowned by the family and the community. This practice is very commonplace in all the religions in Bangladesh.