New York prosecutors are dealing with an attempted honor killing of a different sort. We have been following such cases on this blog, but Rabia Sarwar, 37, may be category unto herself after she allegedly slit her husband’s throat after he forced by her to eat pork, wear short skirts and drink alcohol slashed.
Born in Pakistan, Sarwar used a kitchen knife to try to kill Seikh Naseem while he slept. The high school teacher woke being attack and allegedly hearing Sarwar screaming “It’s time for you to die!”
She has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and insists that her husband’s sacrilegious practices constitute abuse. The defense is a religiously based abused woman syndrome claim: “He made me do so many things that are against Islam. I did all that just to make him happy but inside me there was a war.”
She admits that her husband’s survival was not for lack of trying on her part: “I did my best to cut his throat. But the next moment he jumped on me and grabbed me.”
Her husband was no longer religious and, to make matters worse for her, one of his favorite writers was Salman Rushdie.