The courthouse in Lahore Pakistan was the scene of a shocking act of religious violence, even by the standards of the Middle East. The family of a pregnant woman stoned her to death in front of the courthouse in Lahore, Pakistan after she married a man against their wishes. This “honor killing” occurred when Farzana Parveen, 25, showed up to contest the abduction case filed by her family against her husband. The father had filed the case on the ground that their marriage was not approved by him and therefore was a case of abduction.
Parveen feel in love with Mohammad Iqbal, 45, and they were engaged for years. However, the family withheld its consent and under Muslim traditions, even though she is an adult woman, she was to be subject to the arranged marriage of her father’s choice. She refused and married Iqbal. Some twenty family members, including her father and brothers, waited for her outside of the courthouse in broad daylight when she arrived with her husband. The family fired shots in the air and tried to snatch her from Iqbal but she resisted.
The family grabbed bricks from a nearby construction site and in front of a crowd of onlookers and in front of the courthouse, they stoned her to death. It is not clear what the court police was doing during this melee. One would have thought that shot fired in front of a courthouse would have brought a police reaction from inside. Stonings take time and yet no police intervened. There is no account of anyone in the crowd intervening. A woman was stoned outside of the high court of Pakistan in broad daylight without any record of an attempted intervention from anyone.
She was three months pregnant.
Iqbal said that they fell in love after the death of his first wife but that the family were insisting on his paying a great deal of money for her.
Her father has claimed that this is an “honor killing” and sanctioned by Islamic law. He is quoted as saying “I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it.”
Source: Big Story