A man in Pakistan’s Punjab province attacked his two young step-daughters with acid for refusing to marry men chosen by him, police said today.
Muhammad Aslam, a mason from Pattoki village, located 70 km from provincial capital Lahore, threw acid on his step-daughters Malaika, 19, and Javeria, 23, while they were asleep last night. Both victims were brought to Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, where doctors described their condition as critical.
Police said Aslam often quarrelled with his step-daughters on the issue of their marriage. “He wanted to marry them with men of his choice,” police official Bashir Ahmed said.
Aslam had allegedly accepted money from a man in his neighbourhood after promising to marry one of the step-daughters to him.
“When both girls refused the proposal, Aslam threw acid on them to teach them a lesson,” Ahmed said.
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(h/t to The Religion of Peace)
Facial mutilation and disfigurement by acid attacks are common in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The wife or daughter or other female family member must be kept under control by the men, for the men’s honor is all placed in the sex of the female. If she remains pure, the family has honor.
The woman’s body, even her hair, is seen as so powerful that it must be covered up because the men seeing them can’t control their sexual urges. These men are still at the level of beasts that function totally on instinct. Pity them and pray for their evolution.
But what did these women do wrong? Dawn Perlmutter with the Middle East Forum has done an outstanding job of defining, explaining and documenting the violent attributes of the honor/shame Islamic culture.
In “The Semiotics of Honor Killing and Ritual Murder” she explains that when the woman has broken the greatest tribal codes – disobeying the man – she must be punished to atone. So as punishment, her body is burned with acid as a symbolic “purification through fire” by the family that restores their honor. Since her face is the only part of the woman’s body that is seen publically, her scars are a visible sign of her dishonor to her community. Other girls see this and it is a deterrent for any disobedient actions.