Police in Haripur, about 60 miles from Islamabad, Pakistan, are investigating the suicide of schoolgirl Natasha Habib, 16, who shot herself in the head during a practical exam after being harassed, perhaps sexually, by a boy named Asad. This just days after the Rehtaeh Parsons and Audrie Pott rape-suicide scandals gain international attention.
Pakistani schoolgirl Natasha Habib, 16, shocked everyone in her class on April 10, 2013, when she committed suicide during a practical exam. Habib attended the Government Girls Centennial Model High School in Haripur, about 60 miles from Islamabad. According to her classmates she had first tried to drink a bottle of acid during the exam, but was seen and stopped by the other girls.
Habib was, however, quite prepared to go through with it, and when the bottle was snatched out of her hands, pulled out a handgun and shot herself in the head. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
It seems that the girl’s motive stemmed from some sort of sexual harassment, or possibly a rape, by a boy named Asad. Police said that her body was bruised, and that “the girl had written a message for her mother on her one arm, asking forgiveness, and a mobile number of a boy who harassed her, on her other arm.” The cell phone number was disconnected. Police are investigating.
News of Habib’s suicide comes just days after a scandal broke in Canada about the suicide of teen Rehtaeh Parsons, who on April 4, 2013, at 17, hanged herself two years after being gang raped and bullied about it. Authorities have reopened the investigation trying to determine why no charges were ever brought against the boys, who openly bragged about it and circulated photos of the rape on their cell phones.
Also in the spotlight for the first time is the suicide of San Francisco Bay Area teen Audrie Pott, 15, who hanged herself on September 12, 2012, just eight days after being gang raped after passing out at a party. As in Parsons’ case, photos of the rape were circulated via cellphone. Both girls’ parents are determined that their daughters’ rapes and consequent suicides not go unpunished.