One step forward, 14 centuries back...
A Pakistani step-father has attacked his step-daughters with acid for reportedly refusing to acquiesce to his decision for pre-arraigned marriages for both girls, as reported by India.com. Arranged marriages are quite the norm in Pakistan, as they are throughout the Muslim-world.
Muhammad Aslam, a stone mason from the north of the overwhelmingly Muslim nation, reportedly dumped acid in his step-daughters Malaika, 19, and Javeria, 23, as they slept. According to local police official Bashir Ahmed, Aslam money from a local man for the hand of either of his step-daughters in Holy Matrimony.
Unfortunately for Aslam and his bride buying acquaintance, Malaika and Javeria didn't quiet see things that way. "When both girls refused the proposal, Aslam threw acid on them to teach them a lesson," Officer Ahmed said.
Best known to many Westerners was the case of Pakistani woman Fakhra Younus who was the victim of an acid attack at the hands of her "dishonored" ex-husband. Younus committed suicide in Rome, Italy, late last year at the age of 33.