Friday, June 01, 2007

Hindu Girl Murdered by Muslim Over Religion

I posted a few days ago about a Sikh girl who was sold into prostitution by a Pakistani Muslim who took her from England to Pakistan. Today I read an article about a Hindu girl whose family was killed by a muslim upset that his girlfriend broke up with him because their religions were incompatible.

This should be a warning that you never know who you are dealing with, and that often times going against your family in even starting the relationship can have devastating consequences for you and for them.

ANAHEIM – A man held for questioning in the murder of an Orange County father and daughter was upset with the family because they broke off his relationship with another daughter for religious reasons, court documents indicated.

Iftekhar Murtaza, 22, of Los Angeles was arrested on a fugitive warrant Saturday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and was being held on Wednesday without bail in the Maricopa County jail.

An extradition hearing was scheduled for Thursday.

The Orange County Register reported that Murtaza had a one-way ticket to Bangladesh.

Murtaza had not been charged with a crime but was considered a “person of interest” in the deaths of Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and his 20-year-old daughter, Karishma, Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said Wednesday.

Police believe a second person was involved in the killings.

“We have not identified any suspects,” Martinez said.

Murtaza could not immediately be reached for comment. He had no lawyer and no one answered the telephone at his suburban Van Nuys home.

His brother told the Register on Wednesday that the situation had been tough on his family.

“I strongly believe that he has no part in it,” Ishtiak Murtaza, 37, said in an interview at the family's convenience store in Van Nuys.

Court documents in Arizona revealed the victims were stabbed, strangled and had “moderate” burns.

Their burned bodies were found May 22 along a hiking trail in Irvine, several hours after their home in the Anaheim Hills was set on fire and the girl's mother, Leela Dhanak, 53, was found badly beaten and unconscious in a yard outside.

She was expected to recover.

Another daughter, Shayona, 18, was in her dormitory room at the University of California, Irvine, when the attack occurred and was placed under police protection.

Murtaza was her ex-boyfriend, court papers indicate. He was upset with her parents and sister “for discontinuing the relationship due to different religious backgrounds, Hindu and Muslim,” according to papers filed in a Phoenix court.

Friends told the Register the Dhanak family was devoutly Hindu.

Murtaza told authorities that he was not in Anaheim the day or evening of the killings but telephone records indicated that his cell phone was used less than two miles from the crime scene and about 90 minutes before the killings, court documents said.

Martinez declined to comment on the court documents or the newspaper report and said the investigation was continuing.

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