Woman Murdered Because She was ‘Too Australian!’

Apr 11, 2010 No Comments by

A Melbourne man strangled his wife to death with her own veil. He believed he was entitled to dominate her because they were Moslems.

Marzieh Rahimi was brutally killed because she was becoming ‘too Australian’. The couple were married 14 years and had five children aged 14 to 2 years.

Azizi was sentenced to 22 years, by Justice Betty King, who in her summary said the man had been physically abusive to his wife throughout their married life.

In a conversation with his sister-in-law Azizi complained his wife was becoming ‘too Australian’, meaning “she was not a docile and good wife in the terms you expected her to be”.

“It is clear you were unable to accept that your wife had rights, which rights included the ability to leave you if that was what she desired,” Justice King said.

“… Her death clearly resulted because of your belief that you were entitled to dominate and dictate to your wife what she could and could not do.” (According to Kate Hagan, the Age, April 8, 2010)

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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