A 15-year-old Pakistani girl named Anusha was the victim of an “honor killing” last week at the hands of her parents. The specifics of what happened are uncertain, however reports indicate that Anusha died after her parents poured acid on her for turning to look at a boy or boys. It was reported that she was beaten by her father and then both of her parents poured acid on their daughter, resulting in much of her body being covered with burns. Anusha’s parents did not take her to the hospital until the morning after the incident.
Though “honor killings” are frequent occurrences in Pakistan, as well as in other parts of the world, police report that Anusha’s murder was the first of its kind in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, where such an act is a criminal offense that can lead to life imprisonment. While some deaths are not reported, there were at least 943 honor killings in Pakistan last year, according to the Huffington Post. A report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan found that “throughout [last] year, women were callously killed in the name of honor when they went against family wishes in any way, or even on the basis of suspicion that they did so. Women were sometimes killed in the name of honor over property disputes and inheritance rights.”
Anusha’s parents have confessed to the honor killing and are being charged with murder. Human rights activists are working to end honor killing by attempting to control the sale of acid, creating a documentary on those who have survived acid attacks, and implementing educational programs.
Media Resources: Deutsche Welle 11/7/2012; BBC 11/5/12; Huffington Post 11/5/2012; Examiner.com 11/4/2012