Muzzammil Hassan, A Pakistani-American businessman and founder and CEO of Buffalo, N.Y.-based Bridges TV which launched in 2004 with a mission to show Muslims in a more positive light, was charged after reporting the death of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, 37, on Thursday night.
After Hassan, 44, told police his wife was at the Bridges TV offices, in the village of Orchard Park, they found her body there, beheaded, The Buffalo News reported. Authorities said Aasiya Hassan and had an order of protection mandating that he leave their home as of February 6. He was being held in a county detention center charged with second-degree murder. He had two children, 4 and 6, with his wife. He had two other children, 17 and 18, from his previous marriage.
“There had been problems before and there had been prior incidents of physical abuse,” Corey Hogan, whose law firm Hogan Willig represented Aasiya Hassan in the divorce proceeding, told the newspaper.
The Buffalo News runs this headline on the story: “Muslim influence speculated in slaying.” They say this:
The gruesome death of Orchard Park resident Aasiya Zubair Hassan— who was found decapitated—and the arrest of her estranged husband are drawing widespread attention, as speculation roils about the role that the couple’s religion may have played. While Muslim leaders have urged against applying cultural stereotypes to the crime, advocates for women linked the killing to attitudes in Muslim societies.
“This was apparently a terroristic version of honor killing, a murder rooted in cultural notions about women’s subordination to men,” said Marcia Pappas, New York State president of the National Organization for Women.
Nadia Shahram, a matrimonial lawyer in Williamsville, said that some Muslim men consider divorce a dishonor on their family.
Marcia Pappas and the author of the above article, Fred O. Williams, should be fired for spreading this crap. First, beheadings have nothing to do with Islam. Second, the man has not been found guilty in a court of law. The sick fuck who did this should be caught and punished, but in no way does this reflect on Muslims or on the Islamic religion. To make the leap from this sick fuck to “muslim influence” is exactly the kind of hate-mongering that went on immediately after 9/11. To write an article that talks about “honor killings” and quotes Pappas without any concrete information about Hassan’s guilt or his beliefs and values is irresponsible. Report the facts, not some half-baked ideas about how “muslim influence.”