Posts Tagged ‘italian’

Hina Saleem

Hina Saleem, 21, Italy.

In August 2006, in the North Italian city of Brescia, Pakistani immigrant Mohammed Saleem killed his 20 year old daughter, Hina Saleem. It was one of the first  publicised cases of “honour killing” in modern Italy.

Hina was living with her Italian boyfriend at the time. She had refused to come home and change her ways and had reportedly refused to marry a man chosen by her family to be her husband. Her father Mohammed then called a meeting with the men in the family to discuss how to handle Hina. He ended her life, by slitting her throat 28 times and was helped in burying her in their family home back garden in the town of Sarezzo.

In November 2007 he and two brothers-in-law were convicted of murdering Hina. The court in the northern city of Brescia sentenced each of the three to 30 years in prison for the slaying. In addition, the girl’s uncle was convicted of helping hide her body. He was sentenced to two years and eight months.

In February 2011, the BBC were granted an interview with Mohammed Saleem from his prison cell, to find out why he killed Hina.

In the BBC interview Mohammed Saleem says:

‘I didn’t want to kill her. I wanted her to come back home.”

“I’m a good father, my daughter was a very good daughter before. Then all of a sudden, she changed.”

“I didn’t want my daughter to be too free, having drugs on the streets.”



‘I will choose’, said her eyes

Alight with a glow,

Of courage

Streaming through her veins.


Alight her eyes were,

No human could dim them,

Not even those with brutal means

And evil intentions,

Of dimming the flame


‘I will love’ said her being

Herself most of all.


‘I will decide’ said her life

In the way she chose to live it.


You will choose.

For where you are there is choice,

Of running free,

Of reaching far,

Of beauty in truth,

Of love.


And that light in your eyes,

Is enough to light up a dark night,

Wherein another lost one wonders.


For your life will be a lamp

On this dark road to where justice lives.


Your eyes, the very source of light.






Sanaa Dafani

Sanaa Dafani, 18, Italy.

Sanna Dafani was an 18 year old girl, living in Pordenone Italy with her father. Like many girls her age, she chose to wear western style clothing like jeans, worked in a pizzeria and also had an Italian boyfriend.
In September of 2009, Sanaa was attacked and stabbed with a kitchen knife by her father in the throat repeatedly while sitting in a car with her 31 year old boyfriend, who was also injured when he tried to defend her. Italian media reported that El Ketawi Dafani, a Moroccon immigrant objected to religious differences between his daughter and her boyfriend De Biasio and their plans to live together. A fast track closed door trial began that year accusing El Ketaoui of committing murder with the notion of honor killing.

Souad Sbai, an Italian MP for prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party, who headed the Association for Moroccan Women in Italy, attended the opening day of the trial and said “Our presence here doesn’t only honour the memory of Sanaa, whose only guilt was being free, but it is a symbol of our fight to protect women locked up in their homes deprived of their dignity,” said Moroccan-born Sbai in a statement. “Women too often pay with their lives because of their desire to determine their own existence,” she said.



How can the desire to choose one’s life
run the risk of death?
Is not that choice God-given?
It is.
It is gifted to us by the universe that runs through us.
That choice imbedded in the way
Our cells are created,
The way our heart beats
The way our breath rises and falls.
That choice is ours when we are born
To have lived to choose,
Means to have chosen to live
And love.
You will be remembered dear Sanaa.