This is an attempted reverse honor killing.
by Jamie Schram, Liz Sadler & Lukas I. Alpert, New York Post, October 30, 2009
A devout Muslim woman, furious at her new husband for trying to make her drink booze, eat pork and wear revealing clothes, allegedly tried to slaughter him in his sleep.
Staten Island prosecutors said Rabia Sarwar, 37, slashed the neck of hubby Sheikh Naseem at 3 a.m. Wednesday while screaming, “It’s time for you to die!”
“She was sitting on top of my chest, and she was cutting my neck. She was ranting, ‘I have tried to take my life three or four times before. I have no regard for my life. It’s time for you to die,’ ” he said.
Naseem, a 41-year-old high-school math teacher who goes by the nickname “Eddie,” managed to wrest the knife away from his wife — whom he wed five months ago in an arranged marriage. He pleaded for her to consider his two kids from a previous marriage.
“She just screamed, ‘They are going to be orphans now!’ ” he said. “She kept on coming after me with the knife, and I grabbed it and broke it into two pieces and ran out of the room.”
He then realized that Sarwar had hidden all the phones, so he pounded on a neighbor’s door for help.
Police were called to the scene in New Brighton and arrested Sarwar.
Naseem suffered only surface wounds to his neck, face and hands.
Naseem — who was born in Pakistan but is half-Norwegian and practices the Unitarian faith — said he moved to the United States more than 20 years ago and quickly adapted to American culture, drinking casually and developing a taste for barbecued ribs.
He twice married non-Pakistani women.
When those marriages failed, he wed Sarwar — who also hails from Pakistan — five months ago through nuptials arranged by relatives in New Jersey.
Although Sarwar has lived in the United States for more than a decade, Naseem said, “she had never been exposed to American culture.” (Read More)