1 day later after the honor killing of a internet star in Pakistan, we have an honor killing of a 14-year-old in Afghanistan.
Sadly, there isn’t a lot of information. Point by point below:
- At the age of 14 – she was already married for an unknown amount of time
- The actual death occurred last week, but the father came forward this week after Qandeel Baloch was killed by her brother in an honor killing because her brother was too embarrassed about Qandeel’s activities.
- Her name was Zarah
- She was evidently tortured and then burned (alive most likely) to death
- Zarah’s father was to marry a cousin of Zarah’s in-laws. The family reneged on the deal, but Mohammad Azam eloped with the cousin anyway. The hypothesis is put forward that this is why they burned his daughter to death.
How is this wrong – let me count the ways…
- Self-determination violation of the father to his 14-year-old daughter Zarah in marrying her before she could make adult decisions of her own.
- Self-determination violation of the father – treating a female as property. Most likely it was a trade – his daughter for the cousin to marry him.
- Self-determination violation of the father- Zarah should have pursued an education – to become anything. The more educated the better she would have been at making decisions. In essence, the combination of the first three items make Zarah a slave. Especially, since it is normal for a bride in these cases to be treated worse than a servant in the new household she is married in.
- Slavery and Murder. The household Zarah was married in to regarded her as property. When something happened that they didn’t like – they got rid of her to hurt her father.
Zarah probably could have lived to 80 – 66 years of life – removed from existence to spite her father.
Someday, I’ll codify harm points. In this case it doesn’t really matter. There are a huge number of harm points done to Zarah long before she was murdered. She is long in to the negative side of the equation – certainly after being murdered.