A woman who killed her teenage daughter by splashing acid on her face and body after she and her husband caught her talking to a boy, has said it was the girl's destiny to die that way.
Police arrested Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen, residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for the October 29 attack on their daughter Anusha, 16, who died in hospital two days later after suffering horrific acid burns, reports The Dawn.
Mohammad Jahangir, a local doctor at the hospital where Anusha was taken, said the victim's parents confessed to police in Kotli that they attacked their daughter after she was seen speaking to the boy outside their house.
Speaking from their police cells, the victim's father said they had warned Anusha before about looking at boys, while the mother described how her daughter had begged for forgiveness.
"She said, 'I didn't do it on purpose, I won't do it again'. By then I had thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way," said Anusha's mother, whose own arm bore an injury from the acid.
"The parents waited two days to take Anusha to hospital," the doctor said, adding that the teenager arrived in a "very critical condition" with almost 70 percent burns.
"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.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, almost 1,000 women lost their lives last year in so-called "honour killings" in Pakistan. Activists say the actual number is much higher as most cases go unreported. (ANI)