Canadian Court Classifies Murder of Women as Terrorism for the First Time

Canadian Court Classifies Murder of Women as Terrorism for the First Time

In Canada, for the first time, the murder of a woman has been convicted as an act of terrorism. In 2020, a then 17-year-old stabbed a woman in a massage parlor in Toronto, causing severe injuries to another. On Tuesday, Judge Suhail Akhtar classified the act as a terrorist act and imposed a life sentence. The judge stated that the perpetrator intended to send a message of hatred towards women.

The judge did not accept the perpetrator’s attempt to evade responsibility by claiming to have undergone brainwashing from the Incel culture. He remarked, “He sought it out, he accepted it and he acted upon it.” This assertion was supported by the evidence, including a weapon with a sexist inscription and a note in the teenager’s pocket advocating violence against women.

The Canadian confessed to the crimes and pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder. However, the sentencing for terrorism is more severe. Nevertheless, he may be eligible for parole after ten years.

The term “Incel” is an abbreviation of “involuntary” and “celibate,” representing a movement that originated in the United States. It comprises men who consider themselves involuntarily celibate. The movement is characterized by misogyny, with expressions of violent fantasies in online forums. There have been recurring instances of murders associated with this movement.