(Eeyore’s correction: Muslims have forced marriages not arranged marriages. An arranged marriage still has elements of choice in it. Either party can refuse it. In Islamic forced marriages, The woman doesn’t have to consent or even be present. Only the husband and father need sign the marriage papers and the religious official.)
JONESBORO, Ga. — A 25-year-old Jonesboro woman is dead after police said she told her father she wanted out of an arranged marriage.
Police said they found Sandela Kanwal’s body inside a home in the 9600 block of Utah Drive in Jonesboro. They said Kanwal had been strangled to death by her father, Chaudhry Rashid, 56.
“Apparently, she had been married and has had no contact with her husband who lives in Chicago for the last three months,” said Tim Owens of the Clayton County Police Department.Owens said the victim and her father argued over the marriage and the fact that it had been arranged. “At some point during the altercation, he ended up killing his daughter,” said Owens. MANUEL BOJORQUEZ: Police: Father Strangled Daughter To Death Police said they have encountered numerous challenges with the case, particularly because of a language barrier.Authorities are not saying how the victim was killed.Police said the family is from Pakistan. Neighbors were shocked to hear about the tragedy. “My heart goes out. They seemed to be decent, lovely people,” said neighbor Veronda Luckett.Rashid remains in jail charged with murder.