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Chicago-based Photographer Sania Khan Killed by Ex-Husband Sparks Conversation on Domestic Violence in South Asian Community

Written and Anchored by ZainabRights, Produced by Fatima El-Zein

The murder of a Chicago-based photographer Sania Khan by her ex-husband shocked the Muslim South Asian community, many drawing connections to a recent killing in Houston where an estranged husband took the life of his wife, four year old daughter and mother in law. With TMJ News, Zainabrights brings you the latest headline.


A Chicago-based photographer 29 year old Sania Khan was shot and killed by her ex-husband on Monday July 18th in her condominium before turning the gun on himself. Authorities say 36 year old Raheel Ahmed, her ex-husband, was depressed due to the couple’s divorce. 

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The news of Sania Khan’s murder by her ex-husband has been met with an outpouring of grief from the community, her followers and those who knew of her. 

Khan, a Chicago based photographer and content creator who specialized in wedding photography and happy couples, documented her divorce journey on Tik Tok. According to her close friend, Khan was stepping into the next chapter of her life after her divorce and had plans to move back home. 

In one of her TikTok videos, Khan wrote as her caption that the Southasian culture she is part of is so mentally draining, and women are always expected to stay silent. “It’s what keeps us in the messed up situations in the first place,” she said. 

Blogger Maesha Eva writes on her instagram page “domestic violence is real, it takes many ugly forms in our households everyday and displays in the ugliest ways in our everyday life.” 

She continues “I have seen how our community protects the aggressor and tells the woman to have “shame” and “sabr” and continue living in abuse “for your kids”. 

This news comes as the community is still reeling from the shockwaves of another Domestic Violence incident in the Houston community where an estranged husband shot and killed his wife, 4 year old daughter and mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself after their divorce appeal. 

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston later identified the victims as Sadia Manzoor, her daughter Khadija Mohammad, and her mother Inayat Bibi in the domestic violence case that ended the lives of females of three generations.

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  • Zainab Rights

    Zainab Rights is a Muslim American Journalist and Editor in Chief at TMJ News Network. She holds a double degree in Political Science and Homeland Security and a Masters in Journalism from Harvard University. She has over 12 years of experience in political commentary, writing and video production.

  • Fatima El-Zein

    Fatima El-Zein is Lead Producer at TMJ News where she aims to bring more awareness about her community through storytelling. El-Zein grew up in Toronto, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Toronto and also received a diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She has worked extensively for CBC News before moving to the United States.

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