A victim of acid attack. – File Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani couple killed their teenage daughter by pouring acid on her face and body after they caught her talking to a boy, police and a doctor said on Thursday.

The parents of the 16-year-old confessed to police in Kotli, a town in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, that they attacked their daughter after she had spoke to the boy outside their house, said Mohammad Jahangir, a local doctor at the hospital where she was brought.

“There were third-degree burns on her scalp, face, eyes, nostrils, both arms, chest, foot and lower part of legs. Even her scalp bone was exposed,” he said, adding that the mother initially told the hospital their daughter tried to commit suicide.

Police have arrested the parents.

Almost 1,000 women lost their lives last year in so-called “honour killings” in the conservative South Asian nation, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Activists say the actual number is much higher as most cases go unreported.

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Khurram Awan (@thekhomi)
November 2, 2012 8:38 am
they are called conservatives because they can't be dubbed 'liberals'. They are conservatives becuase they are holding on to stonage practices when many others have gone beyond them by using rational, liberal mind.
Mr. knowitall
November 3, 2012 1:09 am
the parents should die the same death.....like tomorrow
November 2, 2012 8:28 pm
And then they worship Allah for forgiveness!
Rashid Sultan
November 2, 2012 3:56 pm
Because they are Pakistanis> Does it make sense now?
Romasa Tunio
November 3, 2012 6:17 am
Don't be so oversmart okay? before judging others you should also have a look at your own country, india has a much higher rate of crimes than that of pakistan, and before saying anything to one's religion you should think hundred times, you sound illiterate, because as far as i know, crime culprits or anything related that has no religion or customs, its totally a matter of some other stuff, as i don't like giving views about one's religion i wouldn't say anything to you regarding your religion BUT yes i must say, you are an educated illiterate.
November 2, 2012 11:58 pm
mostly pakistani do this kind of stuff
November 2, 2012 12:17 am
Simply Barbaric, Is this what our prophet told us, in fact this is totally against his teachings and against Qur'an to be kind to the children and woman.
November 2, 2012 5:14 am
November 2, 2012 1:48 pm
Ever wonder why they don't show the pictures of hundreds of little children burnt and shredded by drones...
November 2, 2012 2:02 pm
this is an old Indian culture, honour killing.it is never a part of islam.see the hue and cry that was made over a hindu girl who eloped with a muslim boy in pakistan? if she too is brought back to her family she too will get the same treatment from her community.Check your own backyard Roney!was it not last year one of the many cases whereby a girl from a lower caste and a boy from a upper caste were killed by there parents including uncles for defying the hindu tradition of marrying into other castes or sub castes?Hindus did convert to Islam but did not shed the hindu traditions.
November 2, 2012 9:19 am
wellcome to Pakistan, it is just only one told story,, how many thousands are which has never been in media attention ??? this is just a minor case, more worst things are happening there, ,, when pak came independent it was only 40 Million today at least 210 Million,,, sources are the same,, in is dividing by generations ,,, so there is problem,, as poverty is mother of crimes.. our prophet PBUH said,,,,,, poverty can take your emman....
Azhar Nadeem
November 3, 2012 4:10 pm
November 1, 2012 6:01 pm
when we will go beyond our norms and customs so these incidents will take place.we should educate our society in our own cultural
Mutti Ur Rehman
November 2, 2012 10:13 am
Very Sad,
Iftikhar Husain
November 2, 2012 12:30 pm
I am very sad to read this we have to change the mind set of the nation.
November 2, 2012 12:51 am
An American mother killed her seven year old son today, stabbing him 150times and slashing his throat. And 5year old daughter slitting her throat and stabbing her 50times. And two pet dogs. She made the kids get on their knees and pray. She said that devils were inside them and praying to Jesus did not help to get rid of the devils, so she tried to get them out by using two knives. So this sort of thing goes on every where, more so in thr US than anywhere else. So don't make the error of defining a country, religion, or culture by some sick cases in there. Keep things in prespective and don't draw false conclusions from such happenings.
November 3, 2012 12:20 am
Roney, before you lump the entire Pakistan nation in statement, please look in the mirror the atrocities that are committed in your country where women are burnt for not bringing dowry with them, where women were expected to be burnt alive when their spouse passed away, where cast system exists and untouchables are killed for touching Brahmins. But that does not mean all Indians are like that just like not all Pakistanis are like that. Please take the hate out of your mind and then analyze the problem.
November 2, 2012 10:17 am
death penalty for the parents. Humanity does not sanction this kind of barbarity. Can anyone actually do this to any living being, forget a daughter.
November 2, 2012 10:20 am
Posting pic is to showcase what we have become> A mirror to our face
Bilal Yousaf
November 3, 2012 3:13 am
This mindset cannot change. Our people have become mentally demented. Pathetic to see a beautiful soul loosing life at the hands of merciless cowardly parents who did not deserve her in the first place. I say death penalty in public after 100 lashes
November 1, 2012 5:53 pm
Let them rot in prison.
November 3, 2012 3:37 am
Why blame it on poverty ? Why not find the root cause ?
Najam A. Najmi
November 3, 2012 6:30 am
@Roney Indian, it has nothing to do with Islam. Neither you nor her parents have any knowledge of Islam or its teachings. Majority of women choose appropriate attire. Islam doesn't grant permission to marry multiple wives, it is an exception not a norm. The parents' act is depicable and must be punished to the full extent to law and the fact remain that if Pakistan was a Muslim ruled country implementing Islamic laws, the punishment would be harsher than what the courts may pass. I am thankful that you are not a "Judge", your remark about the country not having hope displays that in your hatred you would have convicted the entire nation for the heinous crime of few. Thank you.
Shahtaj Unar
November 3, 2012 6:12 am
Another honour killing after no honour left.
November 2, 2012 9:57 am
sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Words and sentences-no matter how thoughtfully crafted sometime fail to convey the abject wickedness of an act.
November 2, 2012 11:54 am
i think fault lies in the upbringings.. what you are taught is what you learn since your childhood days.. i reckon the religious doses given to the so called parents in their childhood were extreme on both cases... hence the fanatical outlook towards it and hence basic moral responsibility of being a parent foremost is forgotten. God bless the poor kids from the ignorant ones.
November 2, 2012 4:07 pm
:) deep
A. Kumar
November 2, 2012 10:34 pm
What a terrible excuse. Blaming population growth for this abominable crime!
Meer Ali
November 2, 2012 4:56 pm
first of all we need to understand their psych that why the do it. after such investigation one present the solution. in my view the problem is with those who can not understand and work out. parents should understand the need of their children and children should understand their parent's problems. In above case the responsible are not only parents but all the members of our society the boy, the Government, and we all because she was not only one who was prosecuted t s our daily observation and we don't take any appropriate action.
November 3, 2012 12:12 pm
The world was rightly affected by the Malala shooting but this is the result of action taken by the child's own parents..How disgraceful and disgusting is that??!!
Irshad Khan
November 1, 2012 9:14 pm
In the name of Ghairat they killed a young girl for talking to a boy but the same " BE-Ghairat" parents and brothers have no problem selling their daughters and sisters for money or give them away to their enemies as "Vinnie". I wonder how many politicians and religious leader in Pakistan will speak on this brutal killing.
Cyrus Howell
November 1, 2012 10:59 pm
Just shoot them.
November 2, 2012 6:24 pm
why is nobody talking about what motivated the parents to do such heinous act? Was talking to a boy wrong? Religious scholars and the so called 'pious' followers should come out in open and say that talking to a boy is fine. Otherwise parents would easily argue that the religious rules motivated them to think that their girl committed crime by talking to a boy.
Lakhkar Khan
November 2, 2012 5:29 pm
"Roney Indian", No, Islam does not teach killing your own children for any reason. I wish you keep your hate, for Islam and Pakistan, aside and evaluate this horrible event. Not a single Muslim or a Pakistani is condoning this brutal murder by own parents. Shame on you and your ilk to pin this horrible crime on Muslims and Pakistanis.
November 2, 2012 12:16 am
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was the first to stop killing daughter in Aiyame jaheliath times. And what we muslims are doing exactly opposite and defaming our Lord ALLAH, HIS religion and HIS Prophets. We Muslims need good education about Islam and should try to be a muslim by practice not by name. We should be example/role model for others rather than we are defaming and destroying ourselves by these henious acts and be puppets of zionists.
November 2, 2012 5:26 pm
Why do you bring India into this. This is a Pakistani story for pakistanis to deal with. Are you trying to identify with the victim?
November 3, 2012 9:14 am
the reality of poor people of Pakistan...
November 3, 2012 12:26 pm
"Terrible, terrible, such a tragic loss of a young life" What is "wrong with these people?" Obviously "Islam is not the answer for these people" Its is "disgusting behaviour"
Khurram Awan (@thekhomi)
November 2, 2012 8:46 am
you wrote it is totally against his teachings and against quran to be kind to children and women. I'd call it a freudian slip.
November 2, 2012 5:15 pm
Thanks chandra for coming honest instead of bashing Islam or Pakistan. The problem is with our culture which is same in India and Pakistan.
November 2, 2012 4:53 pm
This is absolutely brutal ruthless and painful murder. Killing a young girl for talking to a boy.The poor young girl must have been pleading for mercy.but these maniacs gave her a painful death, they deserve no sympathy and must be given maximum punishment as per the law of the land.
November 2, 2012 2:03 pm
No sir. Islam does not teach that. The rest of your accusations are also a misrepresentation.
November 2, 2012 10:36 am
Very heart breaking and sad. A law in Parliament should be passed that makes throwing acid as illegal. A law should also be made in Parliament to Protect the rights of Girls and Wemen and it should be implemented.
Zack Khan
November 2, 2012 2:19 pm
Why are you misguiding people ? Prophet never said that if he did, please give reference to authentic hadees!!
November 2, 2012 12:11 pm
Excellent point. We in Pakistan are way behind on the learning curve for sensitivities. Moreover, we see 'this' first-hand every day on our streets. But point taken. I think Dawn needs to set some standards here.
J. Kumar
November 2, 2012 12:12 pm
I agree. Besides harsh punishment, which is a temporary measure, mass education program needs to be introduced especially in backward areas.
November 2, 2012 12:27 pm
how can parents do that to their daughter? they should receive the capital punishment for that
November 2, 2012 1:56 pm
How much cruel parents can be. I think there is something abnormal with the parents or the society they are part of.
November 2, 2012 12:12 pm
November 2, 2012 10:55 am
Sad.. but I don't know why "Pakistani" has been placed before the headline??
November 1, 2012 7:52 pm
Pakistan is not South Asia, Ms. Isadora. The rest of South Asia is a lot more sane, mercifully!
Roney Indian
November 2, 2012 10:46 am
Is this what Islam teaches ? hide women in burkhas but men can have multiple wives and kill girls who talk to boys, shame on Pak, this country has no hope !
November 2, 2012 10:53 am
November 2, 2012 5:44 pm
This is just an act of crime. I hope politicians and photo opp people do not come in this.
November 2, 2012 2:06 pm
happy to know that one indian has said the truth.remember the case of the girl who was killed by her highly educated parents?the parents were doctors! i believe the case is still going on in the courts.
November 1, 2012 5:50 pm
Sad. So, sad. By the way, why Pakistani newspapers publish stories from Reuters? Why not have own resources and reports on ground? I am not against Reuters at all. They are professional, credible, and unbiased. But I am just curious. Any answers? Anyone?
November 1, 2012 8:04 pm
There must be something more to this story, something that's not come to light yet. No parent could do this. Usually honour killings are carried out, according to newspapers and tv reports, by "easy" deaths like bullet, suffocation, etc. Ofcourse i'm not saying honour killing is right. I just can't understand how any parent could let their child be in so much pain!!??
November 1, 2012 5:51 pm
O my God what is this world coming to. This sweet poor little soul.
November 1, 2012 5:52 pm
'Conservative South Asian nation.' Is that what it's called? I could think of other names, but I wouldn't want to judge anyone. For the sake of God, come out of the stone age 'Conservative South Asian nation.' 'Conservative' is no excuse for what happened to this innocent, precious child. So often when we see barbaric things like this, we see that word - 'Conservative.' As if that explains everything. Will the parents even be punsihed for their unbelievable actions? Will any remaining children be taken out of harms way, or will they have to live with these two people?
November 2, 2012 9:23 am
November 1, 2012 6:21 pm
Shame on them!
Mrs. Munim
November 2, 2012 6:01 am
Oh someone please get her siblings out of the care of this couple. They must be certifiable crazys. How can a sane person put their child through such torture? And the planning it must have taken to get acid this strong! This was not a spur of the moment crime.
November 2, 2012 5:14 pm
Dude, dont put it on relegion. Does Hinduism teach you to get abortion as soon as you know it's a girl? does Hinduism teach you to burn the widow in the chita of her husband? I know answer is NO. The shame is on the parents not on the nation or religion for this act.
Khurram Awan (@thekhomi)
November 2, 2012 8:41 am
To stop these incidents, we need to go beyond our norms and customs!
Mohammad Ali Khan
November 1, 2012 10:13 pm
So much dysfunction,so few to right it.
November 3, 2012 4:37 am
November 2, 2012 12:56 am
Who's idea was to publish that picture of the dead girl? To torment and humiliate her even in death is sad...when will such exploitation of the defencless end?
iqbal Khan
November 2, 2012 1:00 pm
I dont see any mullah or those who burned cinema on the road to condemn this non Islamic act or may be she was not muslim enough to get the attention of these people.
November 2, 2012 1:00 am
Shameful act and parents should be punished to the max to make a example out of it.
November 2, 2012 5:09 pm
i am crying and crying....unstopable tears after read the news. i pray all the gods for your soul. R.I.P
November 2, 2012 3:02 am
These are society's ills that need reformation. It is not easy to change age old traditions as there is enough opposition from local so called leaders. But then society must change with time or perish. Efforts for change must persist.
adam memon
November 2, 2012 2:28 pm
Horrible. May Allah guide us and show us the right path.
November 2, 2012 6:06 pm
Is throwing acid legal at the moment? This cruel and barberic act is beyond human comprehension.
November 1, 2012 11:06 pm
There are many similar parents in UK.
November 3, 2012 12:53 pm
What's the difference between these parents and the parents who used to bury their new born daughters before the spread of Islam?
November 2, 2012 12:00 am
These are people who can destroy Islam by their actions. They dont have any understanding about Islam. I suggest arrest these parents and stone them to death so people like these will realize how to love your child not to abuse.
November 1, 2012 6:29 pm
Why would you post a picture of a dead girl? Or one who has been a victim of a acid attack? Obviously no such thing as ethics here at Dawn.
November 2, 2012 9:54 am
Whole world trying to save one MALALA....here we go worst thing to another MALALA.
November 2, 2012 3:15 am
Education is the KEY to the success of a country. Our society has to take a stand against such acts and start educating PAKISTAN
November 2, 2012 9:19 pm
This is really disgusting story.....is this a islamic way? I am not a muslim, please someone explain me what really islam is?
November 2, 2012 5:02 am
This is too much. She was just a child. These horrible monsters definitely need to be made an example of, but their fake morality really needs to be torn apart. The Quraish used to bury their girls and these people burn, strangle, and shoot their girls under the banner of Islam?
November 3, 2012 12:43 pm
we are in the mid of our dark ages..... Mullah & generals have won. The nation is sinking in the ocean of darkness....
November 2, 2012 9:59 am
Any indication of her faith? Or is this just an assumption on your part?
November 2, 2012 9:35 pm
Too late,
November 3, 2012 12:34 pm
so that guys like you take notice.
November 2, 2012 4:53 pm
That American mother was insane. But this Paki parents were religion smart. They just followd what was taught to them in the mosque.
November 2, 2012 3:32 pm
But it is ok to kill/ burn a bride because of lack of dowry, as it happens in India? Is it ok to burn a women alive when her husband dies as it happens in India? Is it ok to have sex with multiple women and cheat on your wife without taking any responsibility as it happens everywhere in world? I am not sure how Islam and Pakistan became point of discussion. It is a horrible crime and should be condemn regardless of who committed it.
November 1, 2012 9:27 pm
What a dishonorable notion of honour ! Why our custodians of morals, our ulema, don't wage a campaign againt this disgraceful notion of honour ?
November 1, 2012 8:27 pm
I feel sorry for the girls whose death never made it in the news during 80s and 90s, btw, can someone tell me what year is it in Pakistan? sad.
November 2, 2012 3:38 pm
If you notice, its a Reuters reported news ! I guess they have to specify the nationality while giving the news..
Khurram Awan (@thekhomi)
November 2, 2012 8:39 am
Reuters sells news to newspapers, they have a large network. This is their business model.
November 3, 2012 6:04 am
Shocking that any parent would do this! But the article is sparse on details.
November 3, 2012 7:25 am
This is inhumanity. We must bring the culprit in justice.
November 3, 2012 7:26 am
What the parliment can do???
November 3, 2012 12:30 pm
Simple, my friend. The Agency is Reuters, who gathered and reported the News.. In other words, the News was reported from Islamabad by Reuters, but perhaps sent by wire around the world to other Newspapers, as well. Regardless,this is worse than the Malala story. How can parents be so cruel? How can society be so cruel that their mores stigmatize young girls talking to boys - for parents to be have been ashamed sufficiently enough to have killed their own child? To have snuffed out the blooming of a little flower? A little angel of 16 years? Take them to the gallows! Roger
November 2, 2012 5:40 pm
Because of their Pakistani ID cards dear.
Capt C M Khan
November 1, 2012 9:25 pm
Our social lives are full of Hypocrites. This poor girl was only killed because her parents thought they could not bear the neighbour's taunts to them about thier daughter being shameless. That is all. HYPOCRITIC PEER PRESSURE. So sad because of ILLETRACY in the country valuable innocent lives are lost.
November 1, 2012 6:28 pm
Sad so Sad!
Fawad Khan
November 1, 2012 8:19 pm
Tragic.. Not acceptable.. It's saddening and I'm in tears reading this... My heart and mind goes to this young girl, she was not even 18... I mean even if it was true that she was talking to a guy outside the house, is it how you choose to fix it? or may be there was lack of grooming on part of this girl's parents? The problem is that our parents seem to have everything "good'' for the children figured and mapped out ignoring the fact that it's 21st century we're living in and that world has moved on.. someone needs to educate parents and the old-lot of under-developed countries.. May be it's them and not the kids that need classes and teach.. RIP sweetheart..
November 3, 2012 6:38 am
...and no foreign powers stepping to have their say.
khadim abbas
November 3, 2012 6:38 am
so sad...these action show our low education...so plz gate education and work for imrove educaton system.
November 3, 2012 10:09 am
She must have done something wrong? Parents are responsible for the safety and welfare of children in their care. However, committed this gruesome crime by parent??? reaction can be stimulated due to family or personal reasons. This act does not correspond to any religion.Please do'nt involve Islam in it
November 1, 2012 9:20 pm
This is Islamic Republic Of Pakistan. Islam is a religion of PEACE. Islam is a religion of TOLRENCE. Islam stands for the RIGHS of women.
November 2, 2012 9:25 am
Yes-its a shame in the name of mankind. We too are facing this honour-killing issue in India in the name of religion, caste etc etc.
November 1, 2012 7:30 pm
Pakistan is safe country for every one.........
November 2, 2012 5:24 pm
passing laws are no good without implementation and responsibility. It is in the heart. laws will not change that. How Pakistan does that is up to the Pakistanis.
Mohammad Ali Khan
November 3, 2012 11:31 am
And shame on us for sustaining this culture.
November 2, 2012 2:47 pm
Gender-specific abortions being the order of the day in India.... maybe you should have a look at your own backyard, sir.
Khurram Awan (@thekhomi)
November 2, 2012 8:43 am
A picture is worth a tohusand words. Dawn is putting us face to face with reality that we want to escape. Seeing this picture can motivate many to initiate change, and can make many who otherwise might have done this to their daughters to think again!
November 2, 2012 5:49 pm
I see. Thanks for the info. By the way, for Pakistani media getting news items for things happening in small Pakistan (or AJK towns) from Reuters does not make much sense. For international news, I knew this and it is okay.
November 1, 2012 9:34 pm
We need to change laws arond. To be punish by Death. Killing a innocent child
Raoul Ciao
November 2, 2012 12:52 pm
extremely distressing news. how could they kill a child they brought into this world and probably loved and brought up for 16 years? is there something endemically wrong in people's perception of their culture , induced by some twisted thoughts of wrong religious ideas/ideals? Are they affected by the nonsense propagated by Talibani mindsets in the garb of religion? Don't they know better?
November 3, 2012 4:42 am
Do you think that throwing acid on women is legal or was it legal at all any time? Haven't you heard a movie named saving face and the law which was passed.recently.
November 2, 2012 12:51 am
When own parents become like this, what is left to live in that nation? This is surely a CURSE of Allah upon our nation. So cruel, parents. How could they think about ACID, OR any permanant harm to their own child/daughter.
November 1, 2012 11:47 pm
May Allah rest her soul in peace (amen). Shame on her parents!. They should be given death penalty.
November 3, 2012 12:09 pm
Certainly Poverty has a role to play in this but ingnorant act such as this when you follow the religion of Islam is no excuse. Capital punishment to the max must be given to such people and a mass awreness campaign to the public is a must.
November 2, 2012 2:34 pm
Yeah,, that's the problem with this story!
November 3, 2012 5:50 am
Instead of cursing ur neighbors , u should look back to ur own country. I am an Indian, a girl. Very much a patriotic, "east or west, India is the best" kind of girl. But I never ignore the ground realities. Mr. Roney Indian, you live in a country where honor killing is almost synonymous with a whole state. I hope you know Haryana is very much a part of India. Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh....they all are doing this. Recently, a khap panchayat in Haryana declared that to avoid instances of rape, girls should marry quite early. Killing and brutality is not new even in your part of the world. India is not immune to such sins. Its better to avoid phrases like "this country has no hope".
ali jan
November 2, 2012 4:50 pm
shame for the parliment
November 2, 2012 4:52 pm
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