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Sunday, 3 May 2009

The singer is dead, but the song remains

Not a million miles away from the sentiments expressed in our last post comes news from Pakistan of a singer who’s been murdered.

By, allegedly, her brothers.

For singing.

It’s told in the Sunday Times, which talks of “a rising musical star [who] was allegedly shot dead by her own brothers in the conservative city of Peshawar in Pakistan last week after she had appeared on television”.

She was Ayman Udas, and the final song performed by her on screen “seems to have portended her death”, says The Times. It was called “I died but still live among the living, because I live on in the dreams of my lover”.

Udas, a divorced mother of two, had remarried ten days before she was killed.

Dr Frederick Ide of Radcliffe in the USA says in a comment below the online article:

Fundamentalist religions never tolerate dissent and play god. Not just with Islam, but Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and the rest are determined to tell people how to live, think, act, and love. The enemy is religion, and thus another woman has been sacrificed on the altar of faith – a butchery.

Related link:
The day the music died

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