A couple arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of killing their 15-year-old daughter with acid have claimed it was ‘her destiny.’

Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen were arrested by police in Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the attack on their daughter Anusha, who died in hospital two days later after suffering horrific acid burns.

Police say that the incident took place in a remote village in the southern district of Kotli on October 29.

The attack was flagged up to police when the couple’s eldest daughter became suspicious after the girl’s face was covered during her funeral, which is not a normal practice in Kashmiri Muslim society.
Speaking from their police cells, house painter Muhammad Zafar, 53, told the BBC they had warned Anusha before about looking at boys.

‘There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle. She (Anusha) 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,’ he said.

NDTV reported he said he brought Anusha inside to beat her after seeing her looking at two boys outside the family home, but now he was haunted by memories of the attack.

‘Anusha’s mother should not have done this. I cannot sleep and whenever I shut my eyes, I see Anusha’s burnt face.’

Her mother Zaheen 42, described how her daughter had begged for forgiveness.

‘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.’

The couple have four other children under ten – two sons and two daughters.

Anusha had 60 percent burns on her body – her parents did not take her to hospital until the next day and she died there after arriving in a ‘critical condition.’

Her father insisted it was because they could not afford to take her until a local doctor gave him some money.

The teenager’s mother had an injury from the acid, she told the BBC.

Kotli is in a region not known for honour killings, although they are common in deeply conservative Pakistan.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported more than 900 women were murdered last year after being accused of bringing shame on the family in some way.

In March the government of Pakistani-administered Kashmir made acid attacks a criminal offence punishable with life imprisonment.