Parents in a Pakistani village fatally attacked their daughter with acid after catching her talking to a boy, according to ABC News.
Mohammad Zafar, the father of 15-year-old Anvu Sha, had been growing increasingly suspicious of his daughter’s activities. When he saw her speaking to a young man outside of their house, he reportedly became enraged. It was around this time that the assault took place.
“Zafar beat her up and then poured acid over her with the help of his wife. She was badly burnt but they did not take her to hospital until the next morning, and she died on Wednesday,” a local police officer explained. Anvu reportedly had acid poured over her head and body.
According to The Telegraph, the teenager was later taken to Kotli hospital in very critical condition. Doctors stated that Anvu Sha had serious, life-threatening burns over 70 percent of her body.
“She was badly burnt, but they did not take her to hospital until the next morning, and she died on Wednesday,” authorities explained.
The teenager’s sister alerted authorities to the acid attack and demanded an investigation. “The parents have confessed, saying that they suspected the girl had illicit relations with a boy,” police said. “We have registered a murder case against the girl’s father and mother.”
The Indian Express explains that girls are forbidden to speak to boys outside of the family bloodline in some regions of Pakistan. Honor killings are reportedly still rampant in the country. Every year, women are murdered because their families do not approve of their relationships or marriages.
Domestic violence in Pakistan continues to be a large problem. A 2009 study by the Human Rights Watch estimates that 70 to 90 percent of woman in the country have been subjected to some sort of physical abuse inside the home. Upwards of 5,000 women are reportedly killed every year as a result of domestic violence.