Pakistani woman stoned to death by her own family
Farzana Parveen, who was pregnant, was stoned in broad daylight for marrying the man she loved
A pregnant woman has been stoned to death in Pakistan by her own family for marrying the man she loved.
The family of Farzana Parveen, who was 25, had disapproved of her relationship with Mohammad Iqbal. The husband and wife were attacked with batons and bricks in broad daylight by nearly 20 relatives, including her father and brother, outside a high court in Lahore, police told the Guardian.
The woman’s father handed himself in to police after admitting his involvement in the stoning, the BBC says, while other relatives escaped.
About 1,000 women were murdered in "honour killings" in Pakistan last year, according to the Pakistani human rights group the Aurat Foundation. Many result from a woman disobeying the wishes of her family or partner.
Parveen and her husband had been waiting outside the court after contesting an abduction case filed by her father, even though they had married each other through choice.
Many Pakistani families believe that if a woman chooses to marry against the wishes of her family she brings dishonour to their name, Reuters reports.
Despite this, public stoning is extremely rare. "I have not heard of any such case in which a woman was stoned to death, and the most shameful and worrying thing is that this woman was killed in front of a court," Zia Awan, a human rights activist and lawyer, told the Guardian.
Few "honour killings" come to court, and even fewer result in conviction.
Since a victim’s family can end a prosecution by forgiving the killer, many such cases involve relatives nominating one family member to carry out the act and another to forgive it.