16-year-old in grave condition
Friends suspect a clash of cultures led to an attack in a Mississauga home yesterday that has left a 16-year-old girl clinging to life and her father facing an attempted murder charge.
School chums of Aqsa Parvez, a Grade 11 student at Applewood Heights Secondary School, say the teen had been arguing with her devout Muslim family for months over her desire to shun the hijab, a traditional shoulder-length head scarf.
Pal Ebonie Mitchell, 16, and other friends said Aqsa still wore the hijab to school last year, but rebelled at dressing in it this fall.
"She didn’t want to go home ... to the point where she actually wanted to go to shelters," said classmate Ashley Garbutt, 16.
Peel Region police went to the family’s Longhorn Trail home yesterday after a man called police, said Const. J.P. Valade. Paramedics rushed Parvez to a Mississauga hospital and was transferred in grave condition to another hospital.