A 14-year-old girl died in the northern Pakistan village of Saidpur Bela after being attacked with acid by her parents, who suspected their daughter of having relations with a local boy, police officials told Efe Friday.
The minor, identified by police as Anusha, was beaten and attacked with acid on Tuesday in her home, and died of burns to the head and chest after being taken to hospital, a local police official, Javed Abbasi, said.
"The next day some neighbors tipped off security forces and we proceeded to arrest the parents, who remain in police custody," Abbasi said, refusing to give any further details while the case remains under investigation.
So-called "crimes of honor" are common in Pakistan, and according to figures provided by the Asian nation's Human Rights Commission, 943 women died last year in attacks of this kind.
Such crimes are committed when a family, normally in a rural area, believes that its honor has been sullied by a woman's behavior, either because she refuses a marriage that has been arranged or because she takes up with a man without family approval.
Many of these attacks involve throwing acid in the woman's face.
Penalties for acid attacks were stiffened last year and those convicted of this crime now face a minimum of 14 years behind bars, though many such cases are never solved and the guilty parties escape prosecution. EFE