Fifteen Year Old Pakistani Girl, Murdered by Parents
I cannot even imagine hitting my daughter in the face, let alone doing what Mohammad and Zaheen Zafar did. These two horrific examples of waste murdered their daughter by pouring acid on her face. For looking at a boy. In passing.
This is terribly saddening (if ever there were an understatement, that would be it) and the fact that there is the nauseating idea of "honour" killings floating around at the same time that women in other areas of the planet are carrying around iPhones, wearing whatever they want, running huge international businesses, and holding the highest political offices in various countries, only highlights how backwards and primitive and life-crushingly misogynistic these acid attacks are. They were looked at in a documentary called, "Saving Face" which, if you would like a portion of your soul ground into a fine powder and blown back into your face, this is the film for you.
Take a second and really imagine being there, on the sidewalk when this 15 year old girl saw a boy on a motorbike ride by, and she turned to look at him. She is fifteen - hormones coursing through her body, bodily becoming a woman - and acting exactly the way that fifteen year old girls act. Her father said that looking was wrong and...
"She said 'I didn't do it on purpose. I won't look again.' By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way," (said) the girl's motherI am curious: did the mother just carry a thermos of fucking acid around on her at all times just in case of a rule-infraction? I thought some parents at Wal-Mart were quick with a backhand, but this is above and beyond.
And, "It was her destiny to die this way,"? Really? So I guess "destiny" is just another way to say, "she did something I disapprove of and I burned her face until she died". How do you live with someone for fifteen years, raise them, nurture them, teach them about the world, and then just kill them for looking at someone else? It boggles my mind.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan points out that 943 women were killed this year saying:
"...women were callously killed in the name of honour 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 honour over property disputes and inheritance rights,"This kind of betrayal pointed at half of humanity needs to end. We have been shown that empowering women is the fastest and best way to make a community/country better on all fronts....
Rest in peace, CH.
Pakistan, by all appearances, has taken no notice of this and continues to not only tolerate widespread insane violence against women, but its government (and I use that term very loosely) does not even make attempts to fix the situation:
"...the government failed to honor its commitment to reintroduce the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, unanimously passed by the National Assembly in August 2009, but lapsed after the Senate failed to pass it within three months as required under Pakistan's constitution. In April the Supreme Court upheld a 2005 ruling by the provincial Lahore High Court acquitting five of the six men accused of the gang-rape of Mukhtar Mai, a villager from Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province, who was raped on the orders of a village council in 2002." (from Human Rights Watch, 2012, bottom of pg. 3)A "high court" upholding the acquittal of gang rapists. And Canada is on pretty good diplomatic terms with Pakistan. Awesome.
The parents of the murdered fifteen year old girl need to stay in prison and be counseled and deprogrammed and humanized. Sadly, they will likely be set free once international attention is diverted to the next thing, like Victoria Beckham's footwear.