Girl stoned to death outside Lahore High Court for love marriage

LAHORE-

A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside Lahore High Court on Tuesday in an”honor” killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.

Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the High Court to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer.

Her father, two brothers and former fiancé were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of honor. Many Pakistani families think a woman marrying her own choice of man brings dishonor on the family.

Iqbal had been engaged to her cousin but married another man, Cheema said. Her family registered a kidnapping case against him but Iqbal had come to court to argue that she had married of her own free will, he said.

Around 1,000 Pakistani women are killed every year by their families in honor killings, according to Pakistani rights group the Aurat Foundation.

The true figure is probably many times higher since the Aurat Foundation only compiles figures from newspaper reports. The government does not compile national statistics.

Campaigners say few cases come to court, and those that do can take years to be heard. No one tracks how many cases are successfully prosecuted.

Even those that do result in a conviction may end with the killers walking free. Pakistani law allows a victim’s family to forgive their killer.

But in honor killings, most of the time the women’s killers are her family, said Wasim Wagha of the Aurat Foundation. The law allows them to nominate someone to do the murder, then forgive him.

“This is a huge flaw in the law,” he said. “We are really struggling on this issue.”



12 Comments

  1. KingFAM said:

    sab say pehly to police ko ulta tango jo wahan tamasha dekhti rahi

  2. anon said:

    Women are superior to men. This is why muslim men murder them.

    • K Khan said:

      If sheep knew how to cook who would need women and what planet are you from anyways….just joking – what happened to this young women is the worst form of cruelty only insane people could do something like this if and I was the king murderers would be punished in the same manner

    • umer said:

      no gender is superior to any other. Islam does not dictate the standard of superiority on the basis of gender. For God sake stop blaming beliefs due to ignorant believers.

  3. Eddied said:

    Article says over 1000 women are killed every year because of this stupid custom….what a complete waste of humanity…Pakistan must change these barbaric practices by enforcing the law against murder…there should be no exceptions…sick people who kill their own family members should be punished severely…

  4. Kees Mehole said:

    And Muslims claim moral, ethical and religious superiority over the blasphemous West. Stunted morons.

  5. ZAK said:

    In democratic Pakistan, all people are equal but the 500 families that rule this country are more equal then others. And it is in the democratic interest of these 500 families to keep the people ignorant and illiterate so that they may continue their rule over animal-like morons.

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