This TV news story from Skokie, Illinois is unusual for an MSM production — it discusses Pakistani marriage practices fairly honestly, and even refers to the possibility that the missing girl may be at risk of — or presumably already dead from — an “honor killing”.
If a Pakistani-American family were to do away with a reluctant teenage bride — one who has the temerity to resist marrying one of her cousins in Pakistan — it’s quite plausible that a younger sister would be delegated the task of covering for the family by issuing a public “appeal”.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for YouTubing this clip. The video plus an accompanying news story are below the jump:
From Fox News Chicago:
Missing 16-Year-Old Zaineb Chaudhary May be in Danger
Chicago — Illinois State Police are looking for a 16-year-old Zaineb Chaudhary and believe she may be in danger. Investigators said Chaudhary ran away from her home in Skokie last month in order to avoid an arranged marriage.
It has been 34 days since Chaudhary was last seen. Police said the teen may have posed as a 19-year-old on a social media website. She could be in El Monte, Calif. with a 39-year-old man she met online. He was interviewed, but there are still several unanswered questions.
Investigators said a clash of two cultures caused the teen to run away from home. She was last seen on March 11 at Niles North High School in Skokie.
“I just want her to know that she can come home and we’re not going to like hurt her or anything because we just want her to be happy and we want her to be safe,” said Chaudhary’s 13-year-old sister, Maryam Chaudhary.
Chaudhary’s little sister went silent as she sat between her parents who asked her to make a plea for her sister’s safe return home.
“Maybe you’re safe, maybe you’re not. We just want to know that you’re happy, safe, so just let us know that you’re still ok,” Chaudhary said.
“Well we have a girl, raised here in the United States, being raised here in a different culture than where her parents are from, trying to accept the Western ways here,” Officer Tammy Jacobsen of the Skokie Police Department said.
A joint investigation between the Skokie and Illinois State Police Departments indicates Chaudhary’s father visited Pakistan in October.
“He has stated that he was there, looking for marriage arrangement for his daughter,” Jacobsen said.
Arranged marriage is an integral part of traditional Pakistani culture, but it can cause conflicts with young Pakistanis in this country.
Investigators said the teen may have been living a double life: one at home and another in high school.
They fear Chaudhary’s family could view her disappearance as a disgrace, which could lead to what’s known as an “honor crime.”
Women are killed for refusing to agree to an arranged marriage in “honor crimes.”
According to Ron Synovitz with the Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, there are reports of more than 4,000 honor killings across Pakistan since 1998.
“Any resources we have we will reach out to help her with that, that she has no fear of coming home,” Jacobsen said. “Anything that may have happened in the household, she can come to us and we’re going to make sure that she’s taken care of and that she can feel safe while returning or contact us.”
If you have any information on Zaineb Chaudhary’s whereabouts, call the Skokie Police Department at 847-982-5900.
Hat tip: AC.