Every time I hear about what women are going through in countries like Pakistan and Egypt I am unfathomably grateful to be born in this country no matter who wins the election tomorrow.
And for me, that’s saying a lot.
The latest atrocity comes from Islamabad, Pakistan where a couple apparently killed their daughter for looking at a boy.
According to Boston.com, Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen are accused of pouring acid on their 15-year-old daughter “because she sullied the family’s honor by looking at a boy.” The couple retold the horrific story in an interview broadcast by the BBC.
This is an example of what is called an “honor killing.” Women who have been raped are often killed by family members who feel disgraced somehow by being associated with something so dishonorable. They blame the woman, not the man.
Mohammad Zafar told the BBC his daughter turned to look at a boy who drove by on a motorcycle. He told her it was wrong and began to beat her. His wife picks up the story. “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.”
They didn’t take their daughter to the hospital until the next morning and by then it was too late.
As Boston.com reports, “at least 943 women were killed in the name of honor last year (Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.) Only 20 of the women were reported to have been given medical care before they died, the report said. The real toll is believed to be higher because many of the crimes go unreported.”
The Zafars were arrested in Kashmir last week and are in jail, for now. Who knows what kind of justice will go down in Pakistan? Often there are no repercussions in these “honor killing” scenarios. However, according to the BBC “Police say this is one of the first cases of its kind in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, where such killings are relatively rare…In March the government of Pakistani-administered Kashmir made acid attacks a criminal offence punishable with life imprisonment.”
I can’t even wrap my brain around this kind of thing. Here we’re up in arms over equal pay, over there they’re tossing acid on teen girls for looking at a boys.
You can watch the interview with the parents by clicking here.
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