Pakistani girl killed with acid by parents after 'looking at boy'

Featured - November 6th, 2012
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A Pakistani girl died in a horrific “honour killing” after her mother caught her looking at boy in their village, saying her daughter was “fated to die”.

Zaheen Zafar and her husband Mohammad Zafar were arrested by police in Pakistan-administered Kashmir after the death of their 15-year old daughter, Anusha. The girl’s mother had doused her in acid and kept her for two days without medical attention. She was in a “very critical condition” with almost 70% burns when she arrived in the hospital and died two days later, AFP reports.

Mohammad admitted to the BBC that he had beat his daughter after she had looked twice at a boy who passed by on a motorcycle, despite being “warned” about glancing at boys. “I told her before not to do that, it’s wrong. People talk about us because our older daughter was the same way,” he said.

Anusha had begged for forgiveness, her mother told the BBC. “By then I had thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way”.

More than 900 women were killed last year in “honour” attacks after being accused of bringing shame on the family, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.