The Shafia family, who was sentenced four years ago in a case of honor killing is now asking for a new trial, alleging the the jury may have been biased by cultural prejudice. The family is arguing that the witness, Shahrzad Mojab, a University of Toronto professor who researches honor-based violence, created the impression that the family had a disposition to commit honor violence due to their cultural background. A hearing for the appeal is scheduled for December.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense