Pakistan Acid Murder: Kashmir Teen Anusha Killed After 'Looking At Boy'

05/11/2012 12:13 | Updated 05 November 2012
  • The Huffington Post UK

A Kashmiri girl killed by her parents after looking at a boy on a motorcycle was "destined to die" her mother has told the BBC.

Zaheen Zafar and her husband Mohammad were arrested by police in the Pakistani administered part of the region for the murder of their 15-year-old daughter Anusha, who was kept at home for two days without medical attention after the attack.

The parents told the BBC Anusha had tried to commit suicide during her two days in agony, and finally died two days later, in hospital.

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Mother Zaheen Zafar, who has admitted throwing acid on her daughter

A doctor told the AFP news agency the teenager arrived in a "very critical condition" with almost 70% burns.

Zafar, who had burns along her own arms from having thrown the acid, described how her daughter had begged her for forgiveness.

"She said, 'I didn't do it on purpose, I won't do it again," her mother told the BBC.

"By then I had thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way."

The crime drew international shock, with many in Pakistan swift to condemn what had happened.

Side-by-side in police cells, Mohammed Zafar said he had warned his daughter previously about glancing at boys in their remote village, in the southern district of Kotli.

He described dragging her inside and beating her: "There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle. She (Anusha) turned to look at him twice.

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Father Mohammed, returning to the village home where he admits to beating his daughter, before his wife threw acid at her

"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.

Later, shown shackled and surrounded by weeping children, Mohammed Zafar pointed to the spot on the stone floor where he says his wife threw the acid at his daughter, claiming he had attempted to wipe it off Anusha.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported 943 women were killed in honour killings last year, an increase of more than 100 from 2010.

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