Woman claims daughter was ‘fated’ to die in acid attack

Published: November 6, 2012
Father says he had warned Anusha before about looking at boys, mother says daughter had begged for forgiveness. PHOTO: FILE

Father says he had warned Anusha before about looking at boys, mother says daughter had begged for forgiveness. PHOTO: FILE


A woman, who helped her husband kill their teenage daughter by dousing her with acid after seeing her talking to a boy, has told the BBC it was the girl’s destiny to die in this way.

Police in Azad Jammu and Kashmir arrested Muhammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen for the October 29 attack on their daughter Anusha, 15, who died in hospital two days later after suffering horrific acid burns.

The incident took place in Khoi Ratta district, 140 kilometres north of the state capital, Muzaffarabad.

Local police officer Tahir Ayub had told AFP that Zafar had suspicions about his daughter and became enraged when he saw her with a boy outside their home.

Speaking from their police cells, the father told the BBC 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’,” Zaheen, whose own arm bore an injury from the acid, said. “By then I had thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way.”

The parents waited two days to take Anusha to hospital. Doctor Mohammad Jahangir of the Kotli hospital has confirmed the death, telling AFP the teenager arrived in a “very critical condition” with almost 70% burns.

Anusha’s married elder sister had alerted police and demanded an investigation. Subsequently, Ayub had said that the police registered a murder case against them after confessing the crime for suspecting her of having “illicit relations” with the boy. 

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • lovePak
    Nov 6, 2012 - 11:14AM

    It’s brutal of the parents to ever do this to their children. But before people go on about women rights, do take note that the person who burned her was a woman and that the same thing would have happened to a boy. It’s not an attack on the female race as ET has conveniently shown it to be on the picture, it’s more of an attack on freedom. I hope there is no “brutal men” and “sweet and innocent girls” debate on this.


  • Human
    Nov 6, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Now what if their son was talking to a Girl ?
    wud they have done the same to the SON ?


  • lovePak
    Nov 6, 2012 - 6:34PM

    The mother claims she feels like killing all her kids, so the answer to that would be yes. Kids includes sons and daughters both. Obviously the mother needs to visit a mental hospital.


  • Nov 6, 2012 - 8:29PM

    whats wrong with parents these days? nd mothers are supposed to be understanding nd all that stuff! not saying that her kid was destined to die like that


  • m.b.f.h.
    Nov 7, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Defenitely a perfect mental disease case. Actually mental problems are rampant in all societies, usually the children are the first victims of such persons. Most obvious signs are: Out of control rage, harsh punishments, continous survelance, secret method and schemes for revenge, personally devised logic of justice, obsession to act on such ideas, locking of thoughts on a person or his or her actions. Basic solution: Exercise, regular job, meditation, sports, healthy social circles, moderate religious practices and avoidance of addictive strong-effect drugs. Remember: Understanding the problem is Half the solution.


  • pak sis
    Nov 18, 2012 - 10:25AM

    its mean there are no women rights…no islamic awareness…islamic political parties are responsible for such kind of accidents..who do not work for women rights.


  • Abid P. Khan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:56PM

    @pak sis:
    “its mean there are no women rights…no islamic awareness…”

    If I understand you correctly, countries where it is not common to throw acid in faces of the females, there is Islamic awareness due to responsible Islamic Political Parties!


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