- The Washington Times - Friday, February 3, 2012

I wholeheartedly agree with the verdict and sentence handed down to members of the Shafia family, an Afghan family that moved to Canada in 2007 and killed three of the senior Shafias’ daughters and another woman (“Afghan family guilty in honor killings,” World, Tuesday).

Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Yahya, and their son Hamed Shafia were charged with murdering the parents’ three teenage daughters and Mohammed Shafia’s first wife because the four women had defied the family’s rules on dress, dating, socializing and using the Internet. Each of the defendants was given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

When you move to another country, you have to learn to adapt to its social customs and societal norms and standards. The worst part of these “honor” killings is that this family thought its tradition was more important than the women’s lives.

KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN

Huntington Beach, Calif.