'I killed my children'
"Whats going on there?"
"I killed them...I Killed both of them...I killed my kids."
It doesn't get more agonizing than this. A leaked conversation of a Pakistani woman who killed her two young children has left me unable to sleep.
Saiqa Akhtar strangled her son and daughter with a wire, after unsuccessfully trying to shove 'wash-room cleaner' down their throats, while insisting with the 911 operator that they were blue and not moving.
It is the darkest, ugliest reflection of what happens when a society gets hung up on ideals of a family unit and the pressure to deliver offspring,with the failure to do so lying squarely with the mother.
I am so bitter, so upset I don't know who to hate - the mother who killed the children, or those who say:
"You didn't bear a son? You're worthless."
"You can conceive? I will marry a second wife."
"You had autistic children? shame on you."