A couple, in Pakistan, arrested on suspicion of killing their 15-year old daughter with acid have told the BBC they feared she would bring dishonour on their family. The couple were arrested in Pakistan-administered Kashmir this week, following the death of their daughter Anusha, who had burns on 60% of her body. Orla Guerin reports.
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Girl killed in Pakistani-administered Kashmir acid attack
Skype chat costs daughter her life (Emirates 247, Nov 4, 2012):
"A Jordanian teenager was allegedly killed by her own father and brother because they did not approve her of chatting to a stranger on Skype. According to a report by Saraya news agency, the father-son duo strangled her to death using a scarf at their home in Zarqa Governorate. The son, however, surrendered to police saying his father had killed his sister.The duo have been arrested and referred to Prosecution."
Singapore's Muslim marriage courses under fire (bikyamasr, Nov 4, 2012):
"Singapore's leading association for Muslim converts, Darul Arqam, has begun an internal investigation into lecturer misconduct after several attendees of the organization's pre-marriage courses voiced concerns over violent and sexist content in the lectures and course materials..."
No end in sight to Pakistan's blasphemy laws (DW, Nov 3, 2012):
"Pakistani activists say they have lost hope in the government to reform the Islamic country's controversial laws in the wake of an attack on a girls' school over alleged blasphemy. A mob of more than 200 people set fire to a girls' school in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday on accusations that one of the teachers of the school distributed "blasphemous" material to her sixth grade students ..."
Pakistani Taliban target female students with acid attack (CNN, Nov 3, 2012):
"It's the latest cruel tactic in the Pakistani Taliban's battle to stop girls and women from getting an education: acid thrown in their faces to scar them for life and deter others from following in their footsteps ... "We will never allow the girls of this area to go and get a Western education," said Qari Muhavia, the local Pakistani Taliban leader, when contacted by CNN by telephone."
Mother murdered son for 'failing to learn the Koran' (Telegraph, Nov 1, 2012):
"Sara Ege used a stick to beat seven-year-old Yaseen "like a dog" if he couldn't recite passages from the Islamic text. The beatings were so brutal that the boy died from his injuries, and his mother tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence, Cardiff Crown Court was told."
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"A woman who confessed to suffocating her 5-month-old child with the family's copy of the Koran is on trial in western Sweden, with her defense team arguing she had a psychotic breakdown, possibly due to postpartum depression. "I didn't want to kill him, I wanted to save him," the 28-year-old woman said during a hearing on Tuesday at the Halmstad District Court, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper."
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"A young woman was stoned to death Thursday in Somalia after being convicted of engaging in out-of-marriage sex, reports say. Residents of Jamama town, 425km south of Mogadishu in Lower Juba region, said that militants loyal to Al-Shabaab carried out the stoning at the town's main square in late afternoon."Many residents were called to attend the execution of the punishment""
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