A 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been killed in an acid attack because they were friends, it has been claimed. A shocking photograph shows their fully clothed bodies lying on stretchers – the extent of the damage to their faces clearly visible.
The bodies of the youngsters were discovered on Friday in wasteland in the Ghazni province in southern Afghanistan.
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Acid attacks are used as a form of religious and social persecution in the country.
Their bodies are now lying in a hospital and no families have come forward to claim them, AFP said. People who discovered the bodies say the pair were probably killed for being friends with each other. Despite the fall of the Taliban, the country still has a very conservative attitude towards women and relationships and anyone who opposes the traditional order often fear for their lives.
Up until 2001, women were not allowed to work and could not leave their homes without a male escort. Last year, Afghan gunmen burst into a family home and poured acid over a father, wife and three daughters because they stopped their eldest from marrying an ageing warlord. The attack was carried out in the belief that no-one would then want to marry them. Officials said the oldest daughter Mumtaz, 18, had been pursued by a local gunman who the family considered a ‘troublemaker.’ With her parents support, she turned him down and instead got engaged to a relative. In November 2008 extremists subjected schoolgirls to acid attacks for attending school. Meanwhile, just a few days ago a Pakistani former dancing girl who was left heavily facially disfigured by an acid attack 10 years ago committed suicide.
Fakhra Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome 12 years after the acid attack which she said left her looking ‘not human’. At the time of her attack in May 2000, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was the man accused of entering her mother’s house and pouring acid over Younus’s face as she slept. The attack, which took place in front of Younus’s then five-year-old son, left her unable to breathe and fighting for life. Her nose was almost completely melted and she has since undergone 39 separate surgical procedures to repair her disfigured face over the past decade.