… is another name that we should not forget as the global pandemic of wives and daughters dying in the name of honor killings and ‘crimes of passion’ rises once more, this time in Italy.
Aged 29, Moroccan-born Zahira was killed on Friday evening in Piacenza, mere metres from her house.
It is believed that the violence began as an argument with her ex-husband, Mohamed Chraka, that escalated to Zahira being struck repeatedly with a stick, before having her throat cut with a knife.
Within moments her life was lost and her husband fled into hiding.
While the authorities have condemned the act as violent, it is slightly concerning that as the manhunt continues Chraka is “not considered a source of social alarm“.
Zahira worked as a seamstress in a clothing company in Pontedellolio after arriving with her husband in Italy in 2001.
Shortly after, a daughter was born who, now aged 7, is currently in Morocco.
Chraka is not unknown to local authorities, having been charged with drug dealing and received sentences of 3 years and 2 months hard labour.
Once again, he fled before the sentences could be served.
Am I alone in finding the disclaimer that Chraka is not a cause for “social alarm” disquieting?
Here is a man who has evaded jail-time and resurfaced only to murder his ex-wife and mother of his 7-year-old daughter in the most brutal manner, and yet he is not perceived as a threat?
That the murder of a young Moroccan woman could prompt such a disclaimer merely because it falls within the category of ‘a crime of passion’ between an immigrant couple is chilling.
Honor killings and crimes of passion are heinous regardless of the nationality of the soil onto which the blood is spilt, or the nationality of those who kill and are killed.
Which is why Zahira’s plight shall not languish on the pages of the local rag nor the evening ticker on the Italian news network.
Rather, she shall become a reminder that regardless of locale, women continue to suffer mortal injustices and unless the scale of the tragedies are acknowledged they will continue to be one-day newspaper fodder.