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Pregnant Pakistani Stoned in “Honor Killing” Outside High Court

Michael Ransom, Managing Editor
Last Modified: 04:43 p.m. DST, 27 May 2014

"Contrast" Photo by: Usman Malik

“Contrast” Photo by: Usman Malik [Lahore High Court]

LAHORE, Pakistan — Islam does not allow for “honor killings.” And yet, a 25-year-old pregnant Pakistani woman is the latest victim of murder at the hands of her family. The couple had been engaged for several years, and were only recently married.

Farzana Parveen was beaten and stoned to death earlier today, 27 May 2014, outside of a high court in Lahore. Parveen and her newlywed husband Mohammad Iqbal had traveled to the court earlier today to debunk claims that Iqbal had abducted Parveen. The bride’s family had reported the false claims to police in order to regain custody of the woman.

Before the couple had a chance to testify their mutual love, they were surrounded by a group in excess of 20. According to police, someone in the crowd shot a handgun into the air as the mob attempted to kidnap Parveen. Their efforts were ineffective, and at this point the assemblage struck Parveen with sticks and stoned her with bricks from an adjacent construction site. The brutal public display is continuing to draw disapproval by officials and the community.

The attackers included her father and several brothers. So far, only her father, Mohammad Azeem, has been detained. Officials are now searching for the brothers and other family members that conspired in the brutal murder.

Conservative communities in Pakistan practice arranged marriage. Through matrimony, many Pakistani families seek to associate with another family of like class, wealth and ethnicity. Today, marriage outside of this tradition is performed more often, but the stigma against an unendorsed marriage is strong.

According to Amnesty International, 960 “honor killings” were recorded in Pakistan in 2010. That number could likely be higher, as crimes against women are often unpunished and underreported in the region. Most follow a similar equation–males execute a female family member, in order to redeem the family name for the alleged immorality of the female relative.

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About Michael Ransom

Michael Ransom is the Managing Editor of The Nahmias Cipher Report. He is a recent graduate of The College of William + Mary, where he studied English. Michael enjoys exploring new cultures and learning languages. In the future, he hopes to merge his love for international travel with his writing career. His interests include intercultural exchange, environmental justice, criminal justice topics and all forms of equality.

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5 Comments on “Pregnant Pakistani Stoned in “Honor Killing” Outside High Court”

  1. surprisebjg Says:

    This is unhuman and horrible.

    Reply

  2. lennymaysay Says:

    What kind of society puts its dogmatic beliefs before the sanctity of human life?

    Reply

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