The article calls this an "honor" murder, but it's not really. "Honor" murders will in most cases be done by the women's family, not her husband. This seems more like a 'regular' domestic quarrel.
Some questions which the article glosses over: Khudeja, the wife, grew up in Switzerland and raised in an open, liberal society. Where was her husband raised? Probably in Pakistan. Did he come over to Switzerland just to marry her? Where were her parents in this story?
Swiss prosecutors have charged a Pakistani man over the "honor killing" of his wife, according to legal documents published Wednesday.
Ajmal Butt Aziz, 24, is accused of murdering his 20-year-old wife Khudeja because she refused to follow Islamic tradition and wear a headscarf, according to the charge sheet published by the Corriere del Ticino newspaper.
Aziz's spouse died in July 2005 after he allegedly bludgeoned her to death with a hammer as she slept at the couple's home in Bellinzona, in Switzerland's southern canton of Ticino.
Born in Pakistan, Khudeja Aziz was brought up in Switzerland and was a citizen of the Alpine country.
Aziz claimed that he acted in self-defense after being attacked by his wife.
Prosecutors, however, alleged that he acted because he was opposed to his wife's Western lifestyle and her wish to find a job, and also that she was seeking a divorce.
No date has yet been set for Aziz's trial.Source: Middle East Times (English)