Carlos Osorio/torstar news service
She wanted to be like any other teenage girl.
Aqsa Parvez, 16, who died Monday night after allegedly being strangled by her father, wanted to hang out with friends instead of obeying her 5 p.m. curfew. She wanted to listen to rap, hip hop and R & B, which her parents didn’t permit.
Vivacious and outgoing, Parvez wanted to dress like a Western woman in tight fitting clothes and show off her long, dark hair by removing her hijab. She wanted to be "free" and independent of her family’s devout Muslim beliefs.
This culture clash, her friends said yesterday, led to abuse. While she didn’t often come to school with bruises, her father hit her on the arms and across the face, her friends said.
Friends of the teen huddled outside Applewood Heights Secondary School yesterday morning, crying and trying to come to terms with a death they called shocking, but foreseeable.