Parents Arrested for Attacking Daughter

From the BBC:

“The girl, known only as Anusha, was found to have burns over 60% of her body. Her father Muhammad Zafar told the BBC what happened:

“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.

Her mother Zaheen described the aftermath: “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.”

This girl’s parents feared that her behavior would bring dishonor upon the family. It’s this kind of backwards mindset that communities such as ours are standing up against.


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  • Don Pope

    That should read “Parents Arrested for KILLING Daughter”.

  • Vision_From_Afar

     From the article, it doesn’t appear the girl has actually passed away, but was found before dying of the acid burns. The mother’s quote certainly points to intent to kill, but I can’t tell if she actually succeeded.

  • Katherine Lorraine

    “A couple arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of killing their 15-year-old daughter with acid say they carried out the attack because she looked at a boy.”

  • Whio

    the fact that she had acid ready to hand is a bit suspicious …seriously, is it just something these people keep in their handbags just in case?

  • Teh Yanx

    To bad it didn’t read parents killed for killing Daughter. Not really I wish it read religious parents commended for accepting daughter even though her views and beliefs are not the same as theirs. People suck.

  • Vision_From_Afar

     Working-hours skim fail. :( I rarely look at the lede any more.

  • Ohnhai

    And people wonder why I am so down on religion.  These are not the actions of a healthy sane well balanced community.  

  • Michael

    Parents dishonored themselves to prevent their daughter from dishonoring them.

  • Silo Mowbray

    “People talk about us because our older daughter was the same way,” he said.”

    This isn’t just about the religion, it’s about the entire CULTURE. As if what other people say justifies throwing FUCKING ACID on your own CHILD.

    Cultures like this need to DIE. I’ve experienced first hand the kind of dysfunctional bullshit that so many cultures propagate solely for the purposes of maintaining the existing power structure. Yes, I am making a value judgment, because these values hurt CHILDREN.

  • Baal

    I can’t hardly read about this type of event anymore. 
    To the xtians and other religionists who caveat – “abuse from an abusive parent is on the parent; the religion doesn’t call for this”; I ask you if your religion is protective against abuse like this one.  The inherent anti-woman/girl and inherent anti-sexuality in the current middle-east conservative semi-tribalistic Islam does not have protective ideas and de-railers for abusive parents who would punish a daughter for looking at a guy. 

    I just don’t see how this scenario would happen with humanist parents.

  • jdm8

     The article seems to describe it more as a sick ritual, where they had beaten the girl at home, then poured acid on her.

  • Envy Burger

    Save the zygote for being human!!!  Kill the 15-year-old girl for…. being human!!!

    Hurray religion!  

    This disgusts me.  Sorry, I have nothing more intelligent to add :(.  

  • WoodwindsRock

    “She said ‘I didn’t do it on purpose. I won’t look again.’ By then I had already thrown the acid.”

    Oh, so now we’re supposed to feel sorry for you? NOTHING justifies throwing acid on your daughter. Especially not something so incredibly ridiculous as your family’s reputation. What is this, pre-Middle Ages? It sounds a whole lot like the stuff I’ve heard about in my Medieval class…

  • WoodwindsRock

     That’s what I was wondering… They talk about it so casually. “Oh, I threw acid on her. Oh well. Too bad.” That’s not what it says, but it comes off too much like that if you ask me.

  • ミッコ

    The family lost their honor when they attacked her!

  • Marco Conti

    One of the sad aspects of this is that very likely she turned around because motorcycle’s exhaust notes are different than cars and stand out. It could have been just a reflex.

    Here is a good business for those without a conscience: seling acid in Pakistan. 
    If you asked the average American, we wouldn’t even know what to use to maim and kill someone with acid. It’s likely some would use Windex. But these people seem to have the appropriate acid readily available and in concentrated form.

  • Pustulio

    The article mentions an older daughter who “was the same way” but says nothing of whether she suffered a similar “destiny”.

  • Michaelbrice

    One wonders…….is the older daughter still around, or did they already eliminate the threat to their ‘honour’?

  • Michaelbrice

    Not a legal expert but, it seems to indicate premeditation.

  • Aaron Scoggin


    Throwing acid on your children? Well, it’s the right thing to do.

    We’re fucked.

  • Glasofruix

     Somebody’s been watching Mulan lately :p

  • Ggg

    Do people in places like these keep acid on hand just for situations like these? Sick. Aren’t there more humane (not to mention fatal) ways to kill someone?

  • Miss_Beara

    “It was her destiny to die this way.”

    What the fuck? To die in severe pain with acid that you so conveniently had on hand for matters such as this? It sounds like the same thing happened to her older sister. These monsters are so worried what other people will think of them if their daughters look at a boy, intentionally or unintentionally, that they will kill them for it. 

    Sick monsters. 

  • Miss_Beara

    Apparently the reputation of killing your teenage daughter(s) is an honorable one. Disgusting.

  • Amey

    An older daughter reported them to the police, but I don’t know if it was the same one who had “dishonored” them before .

  • wmdkitty

    *turns and walks back to the Angry Dome*

  • Carmelita Spats

    My daughter and I spent three weeks in Israel and Jordan this summer. I was AMAZED at the number of happy clapper believers we met who tried to convince us that their holy books were NOT the problem but rather, “the way people interpret them”. Whenever I cited a horrific passage, there was ALWAYS an excuse, an interpretation, a long-winded exegesis, the incessant appeals to “metaphor” and I was the one who was completely wrong; the magic text was untouchable. I am not at all surprised by this act of brutality…it’s in their books no matter how much they deny the violence. Call me literal-minded but no child should end up with acid to the face because of a “less sophisticated” reader’s inability to discern what wide-eyed, embarrassed, apologists, sheepishly designate as “metaphors” to an outsider such as myself. Truly disturbing.

  • Tez Skanza

    So…where did this guy get the acid? Do these people just have the shit lying around in case a young female has wandering eyes?

    Also, to think that aciding a family member will keep your family from being discraced is a form of logic that I just. Can’t. Get.

    What a terrible society…

  • 3lemenope

    Hydrochloric acid (usually sold as muriatic acid, often mixed with phosphoric acid) , the most common method weapon used in these horrible attacks, is an extremely common product used in a variety of contexts, and is sold pretty much throughout the world by the gallon-full.  Chances are very, very good that if you open up a janitor’s closet, or poke around a mason’s work tools, a professional painter’s cabinet, or are on premises that have an indoor pool, you’ll find a jug of it. It’s used to clean porcelain, pickle steel, dealkalise grout and mortar, adjust pH of non-drinking water, de-clog certain types of pipes, and dozens of other things, not to mention its industrial uses. 

    The reason it’s used for this disgraceful shit is because it’s cheap, readily available, unregulable, and irreplaceable. The acid existing and being everywhere isn’t the problem–the stuff is ubiquitous in places that don’t have assholes running around attacking people with it, too–the problem is ass-backwards cultures and the morally idiotic honor-based systems they perpetuate, and people willingly submerging their own humanity to meet the expectations of the same.

  • viaten

     “It was her destiny to die this way.”  NO, it was your perverted sense of duty to a perverse backward culture driven by a messed up mentality.

  • The Other Weirdo

     Not really. Honour, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Let’s just drop all this talk of honour and call it what it really is: inhumane selfcentredness.

  • The Other Weirdo

     I don’t know that it was necessarily about killing humanely. More likely it was meant to be as painful as painful. After all, what will people say if we just bash her head in quickly and drop her in a ditch somewhere? These ‘face’ cultures have got to die.

  • The Other Weirdo

     Probably quite well.

  • Thom

    I heard the entire BBC story yesterday.  It said there had been over 1000 of these “honor killings.”  And this in a country that is, allegedly, our ally.  A culture like this may have some redeeming qualities, but I don’t see any.

  • David

    “It was her destiny to die this way.”

    If you didn’t know what you did was wrong, you wouldn’t be trying to distance yourself from your actions by invoking destiny and using the passive voice.

  • Guest

    I wonder, do all religious parents have a bottle of acid at home, just in case? Like a baby gate? I though about it, I have nothing in my household that could be used as a chemical weapon. (I assume a bottle of vinegar won’t do it) 

  • pagansister

    And there are folks who are still against birth control!   I say that the word “parents” is the incorrect word for the 2 people who killed their off-spring.  A parent doesn’t kill their child!  

  • viaten

    I’m hoping she’s an extreme case and many of her neighbors are saying she went way too far.  But I dread to think many are saying “Good for her, she managed to bring herself to do the right thing.”

  • nakedanthropologist

    It’s also used for pools.  Living in Florida, we always had muriatic (sp?) acid in the garage, because we had a pool and that was part of keeping it clean. 

    This sickens me so severely.  It is so incredibly wrong to do this to anyone, and now its almost become common place in the news.  Mysogyny is embedded in the sociocultural structure of the Abrahamic religions – this is a extreme expression of it, but its still always there.  Inhumane, cruel, and depressingly common: Abrahamic “honor”.

  • nakedanthropologist

    It’s meant to be as painful as possible – that’s part of the punishment.  “The chastisement of the body allows for the flourishing of the spirit” – I fucking hate those people.

  • Deven Kale

     Is that a Mother Teresa quote?