Man That Beheaded His Wife Found Guilty
Muzzammil Hassan was found guilty on February 7th this year of second-degree murder in the death of his wife Aasiya. Hassan was the CEO of Bridges TV, the first American Muslim television network broadcast in English. Hassan expressed belief that some moderate Muslims could not identify with the extreme stereotypes often depicted in Hollyweird movies as they “are not accurately portrayed”. “Bridges TV gives American Muslims a voice and will depict them in everyday, real-life situations.”
Here’s the real-life situation that ended his wife’s life. In February 2009, Hassan was arrested and charged with beheading his estranged wife Aasiya. Hassan arrived at the police station and reported his wife dead. He had lured her to the TV station under the pretense to sign some documents. While his children waited in his wife’s car, Hassan stabbed Aasiya 40 times before beheading her because she filed for divorce six days before. Aasiya’s sister, Asma, was on the phone with her sister when she heard Aasiya tell Hassan to calm down, that the two could talk about their divorce the next day. She then heard something that sounded like Aasiya struggling to breathe. “I can only imagine how scared and emotional she must have been before she died.” Police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple’s home, though no one was ever arrested. The divorce petition Aasiya filed cited “violence and inhuman treatment”. Hassan’s lawyer claims Hassan was beaten by his wife and feared for his life.
Can we conclude this was an honor killing, domestic violence or the result of something else? Daniel Pipes has explored the reason for this killing and offers his opinion that it was an Honor Murder. He cites the work of Phyllis Chesler in her article in the Middle East Quarterly, “Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence? Phyllis outlines the difference between Honor Killings and domestic violence, most notably:
- Honor killings are carefully planned while domestic violence murders are often unplanned and spontaneous.
- At least half the time, honor killings are carried out with barbaric ferocity while in domestic violence, some men do beat a spouse to death, yet they often simply shoot or stab them.
- In honor killings, the perpetrators believe they are the “victim” while in domestic violence cases, sometimes remorse is exhibited.
- Lastly, Daniel added his own thoughts: in honor killings, the murderer generally does not flee and often turns himself in while in domestic violence situations, the murderer usually tries to cover up the crime or flee.
Clearly this was a case of domestic violence yet was it something more? Was this an “honor killing” performed by a misogynistic Islamist murderer? How many domestic violence cases do you hear of where they beheaded their spouse? Whatever you believe might have caused Hassan to perform this barbaric act, he clearly failed to remove the “extreme stereotypes” depicted in today’s media.
~Posted by DCG