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Police: Canadian father admits hijab killing

A Canadian teen, who was said to have clashed with her father about wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf. died on Monday. Her father told police that he had killed her.
/ Source: Reuters

A Canadian teenager who was said to have clashed with her father about whether she should wear a traditional Muslim head scarf died late Monday, and police said her father told them he had killed her.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, was found without a pulse in her home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga earlier on Monday. She was resuscitated by paramedics and treated at two hospitals, but she later died, police said Tuesday.

Her father, 57-year-old Muhammad Parvez, has been charged with murder and had his first court appearance early Tuesday.

"There was a 911 call placed by a man who indicated that he had just killed his daughter," Jodi Dawson, a constable with Peel Regional Police, told Reuters. "Everything else is evidentiary in nature and the investigation is in its preliminary stages at this point."

The victim's brother, Waqas Parvez, 26, was arrested and charged with obstructing police.

The story appeared on the front pages of Canadian newspapers on Tuesday. The newspapers quoted friends and schoolmates of the victim as saying she argued with her father over wearing a hijab, the traditional head scarf worn by Muslim females.

Photos of the teen retrieved from a social networking Web site show her in Western dress with her long dark hair loose.

Classmates were quoted as saying the girl wore traditional Muslim dress when leaving the house in the morning, but would change into other clothes in school washrooms.

Dawson said investigators will likely speak to the victim's schoolmates. The father will have a bail hearing Wednesday.