Name of Victim: Fauzia A. Mohammad
Date of Incidence: July 17, 2008
Method of killing or religious violence: Chased & stabbed multiple times
Reason for Violence: She tried to move out of her family home.
Read More: Guilty plea in sister stabbing
An Afghan refugee admitted today that he stabbed and seriously wounded his sister during an argument that began when she tried to leave her family.
Waheed Allah Mohammad, 22, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault in exchange for a prison term of at least five years and no more than 15 years.
His trial was to begin next Monday.
During his plea before Monroe County Court Judge John J. Connell, Mohammad said he intended to kill his sister, Fauzia A. Mohammad, 19, when he stabbed her multiple times outside his family’s apartment on Linhome Drive in Henrietta.
The attack occurred when a female friend of Fauzia Mohammad picked her up at the apartment to take her to New York City, where she intended to get a job and start a new life. During a heated dispute involving the entire family, Mohammad got a knife from his car, chased his sister, and stabbed her.
Mohammad told sheriff’s investigators that he attacked his sister because she had disgraced his family and was a “bad Muslim girl,” according to court documents.
Although he hinted to investigators that he was trying to restore lost family honor, Assistant District Attorney Joseph Waldorf declined to characterize the stabbing as an honor attack —an attack intended to restore family honor that is not uncommon in South Asia but is rare in the United States.
Michael Zeigler, Democrat and Chronicle, January 7, 2009