Parents Kill Daughter for Looking at a Boy
Pakistani parents admit to horrifying acid attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2012 4:05 PM CST
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(Newser) – A Pakistani couple accused of killing their 15-year-old daughter by pouring acid on her carried out the attack because she sullied the family's honor by looking at a boy, the couple said in an interview broadcast today by the BBC. The girl's death underlines the problem of so-called "honor killings" in Pakistan where women are often killed for marrying or having relationships not approved by their families or because they are perceived to have somehow dishonored their family. The girl's parents, Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen, recounted the Oct. 29 incident from jail.

The father said the girl had turned to look at a boy who drove by on a motorcycle, and he told her it was wrong. "She said, 'I didn't do it on purpose. I won't look again.' By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way," the girl's mother told the British broadcaster. The father added that the family had already come under public censure because of their older daughter's behavior. Pakistani officials initially said the attack occurred because the girl supposedly had an affair with a boy. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women were killed in the name of honor last year. (Tragically, one Pakistani acid-attack victim committed suicide earlier this year.)

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Mar 2, 2013 7:44 AM CST
Christopher Hitchens' subtitle to his book 'god is not great' says it all: RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING.
Mar 1, 2013 5:20 PM CST
The "father" should have acid poured on this "nethers" until they're gone. Despicable, this is not a civilized culture.
Nov 23, 2012 12:10 PM CST
When the family name and reputation becomes more valuable than the individual, something is odd. My issue with religion is it was and is meant to control the people. Completely overlooking the fact that we are only human. Surely we all need guidelines and boundaries along with laws but what bothers me is the oppression of women in these countries. Men are allowed to stare and behave in any way they choose but not women. This is a belief system i will never agree with. I dont understand how a mother could allow this, I dont understand how women as a whole allow men to be raised so ignorantly.