Husband of Pakistani stoning victim condemns police

May 29, 2014

Victim’s husband describes Pakistani police as 'shameful' and 'inhuman' for failing to intervene

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The husband of a pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family has said that police did nothing to stop the fatal attack.

Farzana Parveen was beaten with bricks and sticks by a crowd of angry relatives in broad daylight for marrying the man she loved.

As the attack took place on the streets outside a court in Lahore, the police "watched Farzana being killed and did nothing", Parveen’s husband, Mohammad Iqbal, told the BBC

Iqbal said Parveen’s family have continued to threaten him, even suggesting they would snatch his wife's body before burial.

According to local police investigator, Mujahid Hussain, a few of Parveen’s relatives have been arrested, including her father, and others are being investigated, the Telegraph reports.

Mohammad Azeem, Parveen’s father, said he had "no regret" when he confessed to killing his daughter, the Associated Press says. He told authorities that it was an "honour" killing because she had married a man against family wishes.

Arranged marriages are considered the norm for many families in Pakistan, where hundreds of women are killed each year as "punishment" for defying family wishes or disobeying conservative Islamic customs.

According to police, Parveen had previously been engaged to her cousin but decided to marry Iqbal instead.

Parveen’s stepson revealed that a post mortem found that she had been five months pregnant when she died, Channel 4 reports.

UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, called for the Pakistani government to take "urgent and strong measures" against similar attacks.

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