Parents say they killed daughter for looking at a boy

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Associated Press

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 2:36 PM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani couple accused of killing their 15-year-old daughter by pouring acid on her say they did it because she sullied the family's honor by looking at a boy.

The BBC interviewed the girl's parents, Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen, in their separate, but adjoining, jail cells.

In a television interview broadcast today, the father said the girl had turned to look at a boy who drove by on a motorcycle, and he told her it was wrong. The mother said the girl promised not to do it again, but by then she had already thrown the acid.

The girl's death last month underlines the problem of so-called "honor killings" in Pakistan where women are often killed for marrying or having relationships not approved by their families, or because they are perceived to have somehow dishonored their family.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women were killed in the name of honor last year. The real toll is believed to be higher because many of the crimes go unreported.

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