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Pakistani mother brutally murders daughter for looking at a boy

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
November 7th, 2012
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"It was her destiny to die this way," says the Pakistani mother who brutally murdered her 15-year-old daughter. Zaheen Zafar doused her daughter Anusha in acid, whereupon she suffered burns on over 60 percent of her body. Her crime? Looking at a boy.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mohammad Zafar, along with his wife Zaheen were arrested by police in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in the attack on their daughter. She spent two agonizing days in the hospital before succumbing to her burns. 

The incident took place in a remote village in the southern district of Kotli last month.

The incident came to official attention after the couple's oldest daughter became suspicious after the younger girl's face was covered during her funeral, which is not a normal practice in Kashmiri Muslim society.

Speaking from their holding areas, father and house painter Zafar told the BBC they had warned Anusha before about looking at boys.

"There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle. She (Anusha) turned to look at him twice. 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.

He then brought Anusha inside to beat her after seeing her looking at two boys outside the family home. He says he is now haunted by memories of the attack.

"Anusha's mother should not have done this. I cannot sleep and whenever I shut my eyes, I see Anusha's burnt face."

Her mother Zaheen described how her daughter had begged for forgiveness.

"She said, 'I didn't do it on purpose, I won't do it again. By then I had thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way."

The couple has four other children less than ten years of age, two sons and two daughters.

Her parents did not take her to hospital until the next day and she died there after arriving in a "critical condition."

Her father insists it was because they could not afford to take her until a local doctor gave him some money.

The incident where the incident occurred, Kotli is in a region not known for honor killings, although they are common in deeply conservative Pakistan.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported more than 900 women were murdered last year after being accused of bringing shame on the family in some way.

In March of this year, the government of Pakistani-administered Kashmir made acid attacks a criminal offense punishable with life imprisonment.

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