Shafia trial witness criticizes coverage of her testimony

Shahrzad MojabProf. Shahrzad Mojab (inset), who testified at the Shafia murder trial as an expert on honour killing, says some media reports mis-represented some of her evidence. Mojab, who has been studying patriarchy and violence in Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures for more than 15 years, appeared at the sensational Kingston trial in early December. She was called as a witness by prosecutors, who wanted to ensure that the 12 jurors understood the ancient concept of honour killing, a practice in which typically a woman or female child is murdered because family members believe it is the only way to cleanse shame. Mojab is critical of the reporting of a portion of her evidence and she fears that it can lead to faulty conclusions about racism among some cultures. Her entire column appears at The Mark.

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