After slitting his wife’s throat, Toronto man complained of unbearable burden of children’s insufficiently Muslim clothes
The night he surrendered to Toronto police, Peer Khairi likened himself to an overburdened elephant, painting a pitiful image of his life in the months before he slit his wife’s throat.
“He said that it was unbearable,” Det.-Sgt. Peter Code testified Tuesday at Mr. Khairi’s second-degree murder trial in Ontario Superior Court. “He went on to make a comparison by stating that even an elephant, when it has too much weight on its back, will start to moan or cry.”
For Mr. Khairi, the court heard, that weight was his family’s willingness to embrace Canadian culture after emigrating from Afghanistan by way of India. It was the fact that his children did not dress sufficiently Muslim. It was that his wife not only allowed this, but stood up for those freedoms, and her own.
” According to current estimates, as many as twenty million children are displaced by armed conflicts or human rights violations around the world.”
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