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Kashmir: Girl murdered by her parents in acid attack


Acid attacks are among the worst forms of domestic violence in Pakistan and mostly directed at women, who are too often classified as second-class citizens. Victims are disfigured for life and ostracised by society.



A 15-year-old girl in Pakistan-administered Kashmir was murdered by her parents by acid attack for allegedly looking at a boy.

Police believe it say it is one of the first such honor killings — which are usually wrought by male family members onto women they feel have disgraced their family or community — of its kind in the region, BBC News reported

Both parents have been arrested on charges of murder. They are due in court Friday. 

Mohammad Zafar, the girl's father, said he was suspicious that his daughter Anvu Sha was having relations with a boy, and became enraged when he saw her looking at him outside their home on Monday, the Telegraph reported. The BBC reported that he had been driving by with a friend on a motorcycle. 

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"Zafar beat her up and then poured acid over her with the help of his wife," local police officer Tahir Ayub told reporters. "She was badly burnt but they did not take her to hospital until the next morning, and she died on Wednesday." 

Anvu's mother reportedly first told the hospital that her daughter had tried to commit suicide, Reuters reported

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 943 women were killed in honor killings last year, but activists estimate the number is much higher due to non-reported or misfiled cases, BBC News reported. 

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