The lunacy of Islam #15,015 (or thereabouts): glancing at a boy deserves death

The Zafars pictured in custody

JUSTIFYING a fatal acid attack on his 15-year-old daughter, a Pakistani father Muhammad Zafar said:

There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle. She turned to look at him twice. I told her before not to do that – it’s wrong. People talk about us because our older daughter was the same way.

Anusha Zafar, according to this report, begged for her life before Zafar and his wife Zaheen doused her with acid. Her mother said it was the girl’s “destiny” to die in such a fashion.

In the latest twist to a saga that has created outrage across South Asia, where acid attacks are common, the parents of the 15-year-old girl gave an interview in which they justified their actions. They said their elder daughter had previously brought “dishonour” to their family and that they would not tolerate it again.

The couple were arrested last week in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in a remote village in the Kotli district. The parents, were detained after allegedly confessing to officers that they had poured acid on their daughter.

Though she suffered up to 60 per cent burns on her body, the couple did not take her to hospital until the following day. She died of her injuries.

Anusha’s mother said her daughter had pleaded with her and said her glance at the passing boy had been nothing more than an accident.

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.

Acid attacks, especially those relating to cases of honour, are commonplace in Pakistan and the subcontinent and campaigners struggle to try and force the authorities to tackle the issue more aggressively. Last year, Pakistan passed legislation for tougher sentences of up to 20 years for anyone convicted of such an assault.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported 943 women were murdered in honour killings last year, an increase of more than 100 on 2010. But it may be that both honour assaults and acid attacks are even more prevalent. The commission’s spokesman, Zaman Khan, said recently that it is suspected that many such offences are not reported.

The issue of acid attacks in Pakistan received widespread coverage earlier this year after documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Oscar for her film Saving Face, which told the story of Pakistani women recovering after such attacks.

In March, the Kashmir government made acid attacks punishable with life imprisonment. Local media suggested the attack on the 15-year-old was one of a few in the area in recent years.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

16 responses to “The lunacy of Islam #15,015 (or thereabouts): glancing at a boy deserves death”

  1. Drew says:

    Insanelam at it again yet people say it’s a religion of peace. I have no respect for religion at all now cause the so called moderates are too frightened to stand up to the fundies.

  2. barriejohn says:

    If you have a little hunt on YouTube I think that you can view the whole of Saving Face, posted in parts.

  3. RabbitOnAStick says:

    This is just so sad. So unbelievably sad. This is more cultural rather than islam in my opinion.
    Cases where acid is used to harm people (mainly family members or spouses – so people you are supposed to love) – for perceived dishonourable incidents – looking at other people- is very common in the sub continent, and I cannot see that the fact these are muslims is the actual cause of this horrific insanity. The cause is ignorance and the unbelievable stupidity of the people involved. You don’t have to have a religion so to act.

  4. Stonyground says:

    I have a teenaged daughter. I cannot begin to imagine what a piece of sub-human excrement you have to be to do something like this, to any fellow human, let alone your own daughter FFS. These people really are the lowest form of life imaginable.

  5. allismyth says:

    I hope it will be your destiny to die in jail and still you have the shame of people talking about you. what a wackado religion makes of you. That is not honor but shame written on your faces.

  6. remigius says:

    ‘…the parents of the 15-year-old girl gave an interview in which they justified their actions.’

    No they didn’t. They may have tried to rationalise, or bullshit, but nothing, absolutely nothing, would ever justify that!

  7. David Anderson says:

    Fuck honour, this is murder.

  8. RabbitOnAStick says:

    Do you know that there are many many skeletons discovered in cemeteries of Roman settlements. All young boys. Their little bodies (aged up to 8 etc) all with broken bones and evidence of having been murdered. Most likely all killed by their own fathers. These roman [‘honour’~??] murders are as disgusting as this acid death.

    I cannot for one minute imagine why you would conceive a child then want to kill it. I don’t believe there are any animals – save reptiles – that do this. But then reptiles do it as they’re stupid and hungry – this was out of culture, spite, ignorance and stupidity – all qualities that reptiles posses.
    The sad fact of life is that like the Minister murdered by his bodyguard for standing up for the woman sued for blasphemy these people will unfortunately be viewed as having acted (by a huge number of similar scum reptile like people there) as having acted totally appropriately to protect the family’s ‘honour’. They just don’t have a clue of life do they.

  9. the Woggler says:

    Safari deserves to have his manhood doused in acid. He is a disgusting excuse for a human being.

  10. Lazy Susan says:

    You’d think the girl’s parents must feel some sadness for having lost a daughter, even if they cannot voice it at the moment.

    But perhaps not – in their culture, I believe a daughter is seen as little more than a liability. You have to bring her up until some man takes her away. She does not even keep the family name, so she is a total waste of time and money. No big deal to kill her then. It’s just cutting your losses really.

  11. Sarah says:

    I can not see how anyone would ever think that this was ok. I hate religion and what it does to people. I am overcome with sadness over the loss of life in this case.

  12. JohnMWhite says:

    Sadly, this is the logical conclusion of believing in a barbaric, petty and vindictive deity who will torment you for all eternity if you put a foot wrong in his enormous and arbitrary “don’t do this” list. I have a problem having any respect for religion or religious persons precisely because of this. Your average goody two-shoe Christian or a moderate Muslim would no doubt be outraged as much as we are, but the thing is they are simply dishonestly deluding themselves by pretending this isn’t precisely what their beloved god wants. When push comes to shove and their eternal soul or enduring family honour or whatever is so important in their culture is on the line, what would any religious person choose? The fact that it takes an act of self-deceit to not mutilate or murder their own children makes me very wary of them.

  13. Cesar says:

    “Acid attacks, especially those relating to cases of [shame], are commonplace in Pakistan…”

    “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported 943 women were murdered in [shame] killings last year.”

    I now find it more realistic.

  14. David Anderson says:

    Barry Duke: Good news for Spain. We have to thank the economic crisis here that, at the moment, is preventing the catlick bigot Rajoy’s agenda to reverse the current abortion laws. He seems set to return Spain to the days of Franco so loved by his father.

  15. Helgi says:

    Some say this is cultural. But it’s a culture drowned in Islam. Its assimetry towards women. Its bigotry. Its justification/expectance of honorkilling. Its marveling/adoration with/for pain and cruelty. Its sometimes said more people were killed by Atheist-regimes then religious ones. By large (not all) these were not killed for anti-religious motives or out of atheism. Never EVER has a daughter had to fear her parents because they were atheists. This is why religion must go. Hitchens was wrong in that respect: religion will disappear for else we will.