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Saturday, November 3, 2012

A child dies in Pakistan attacked by their parents as a matter of 'honor'


A 14 year old girl died in the village of Saidpur Bela in northern Pakistan, after being attacked with acid by their parents because of suspicions that her daughter was having sex with another local girl, a police source said. A minor, identified by police as Anusha , was beaten and attacked with acid last Tuesday at his home, and died after being taken to hospital because of burns to the head and torso , said a local police, Javed Abbasi. "The next day some neighbors alerted security forces and proceeded to arrest the parents, who are still in police custody," said Abbasi, who declined to give more details as they continue investigations into the case. So-called "honor killings" are common in Pakistan, according to the Human Rights Commission of China, 943 women were killed last year in attacks of this typeThese crimes are committed when a family, usually in rural areas, believe that your honor has been sullied by the attitude of a woman, either because it rejects a marriage or because it relates to someone without family approval. Many of the attacks are carried out by throwing acid in the face of womenAnusha's case occurred in the jurisdiction Pakistani Kashmir, where acid crimes are not as common as in the provinces of Punjab (east) and Sindh (south), which bring together the majority of such crimes. According to an association of survivors of acid attacks mentioned a few weeks ago by the newspaper 'The News', in 2012 there have been more than 80 attacks of this nature even though the law was hardened by the end of last year. After the legislative change, the aggressors are exposed to a minimum sentence of 14 years which may extend to life imprisonment, although many cases remain unsolved and the perpetrators escape from justice.

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