A mother and father in Pakistani-administered Kashmir have been arrested for murdering their 15-year-old daughter by dousing her with acid "in the name of an honour", police say.
The article on the BBC news website here goes on to detail the crime of a 15 year old girl who apparently looked at two boys riding a motor bike. Her parents beat her up and doused her with acid.
It is one of the most unbelievable facts that we live in a world where literally TODAY, this is considered by any human being, to be an issue of honour. This same situation even occurs in the UK, in Pakistani and Indian families, and efforts to change the culture are progressing only at a snails pace, despite our laws.
The girl's older sister in Kashmir reported the event to local police. Now this is at least SOME progress, the fact she was able to do this at all is astonishing. The article goes on to report how many other honour killings took place last year, that is to say in 2011, in this, the 21st Century. You won't believe the number. It made me gasp. 943 women - and that is just the ones reported. Nine hundred and forty bloody three.
How can this be combated? What the hell? Legislation won't fix this, only social pressure has any chance of achieving the cultural revolution that would decry such behaviour as utterly, utterly unacceptable.
This isn't honour. It's horror.