Outrage and shock as pregnant Pakistani woman is stoned to death in ‘honour killing’

A pregnant woman in Pakistan has been stoned to death after marrying a man against her family’s wishes.

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by Fiona Day |
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Over 20 men, including her father and brothers, attacked the woman and her husband before a crowd in Lahore, Pakistan.

The woman’s father has been arrested and charged with murder as police work to find more people involved in what they have called a ‘heinous crime.’

Hundreds of women are murdered in Pakistan in so-called ‘honour killings’ which are committed when women have supposedly ‘shamed’ their families through adultery or ‘illicit sexual behaviour.’

The murdered pregnant woman was identified as 25-year-old Farzana Parveen. She married Mohammad Iqbal after being engaged to him for several years, against her family’s wishes.

Prominent human rights activist Zia Awan told The Guardian: ‘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 revealed that families conducting ‘honour killings’ often get off lightly.

‘Either the family does not pursue such cases or police don't properly investigate. As a result, the courts either award light sentences to the attackers, or they are acquitted.’

Farzana Parveen’s husband Iqbal told the Associated Press ‘We were in love.’

Iqbal married Farzana after becoming a widower. He has 5 children from his previous marriage.

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