A Pakistani girl was killed for “eyeing” a boy recently in a remote village in the southern district of Kotli, and her parents openly admit to the sequence of events that led to the teen’s death in a recent BBC interview.
The girl killed for eyeing a boy was 15, and identified only as Anusha. Her father Muhammad Zafar spoke to the BBC after his arrest in connection with the October 29 death of his daughter, and Zafar is unrepentant when speaking of her painful and horrific death.
The girl killed for eyeing a boy is one of a growing number of honor killings in the region. The BBC cites the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and the organization says that the number recorded in Pakistan last year was at 943, up 100 from the year before.
Listening to her parents describe why they killed the girl for eyeing a boy is chilling, as her father explains:
“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.”
Her mother Zaheen says the decision to douse the 15-year-old in acid was quick, but she still feels that it was the right thing to do despite the fact that the girl suffered acid burns over more than half of her body:
“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.”
After her parents brought her home, they are said to have beaten her before pouring acid onto her. Anusha was taken to the hospital the next morning, and later died.