Family Stones Pakistani Woman To Death In So-Called “Honor Killing” For Marrying Man She Loved [UPDATE]
[UPDATE, 5/28:] The New York Times reports that Farazana Parveen was three months pregnant when she was killed. [New York Times]
A 25-year-old woman was murdered by nearly 20 family members in Pakistan today because she “dishonored” the family by marrying the man she loved.
Faranza Bibi was stoned to death in a so-called “honor killing” in broad daylight while waiting outside of a Lahore court with her husband. Faranza had intended to challenge a kidnapping charge filed by her family. She intended to tell the court she willingly married the man of her own choosing, Muhammad Iqbal, and did not want an arranged marriage to her cousin. Before the court opened, her father, brothers and former fiance descended upon her with bricks and sticks. Faranza was pronounced dead at a hospital from severe head injuries. Iqbal managed to escape the attack.
Her other murderers fled after the assault, but her father was captured. He explained that the family had to kill her because she had dishonored them.
Hundreds of women and girls are murdered in Pakistan each year in so-called “honor killings,” despite the fact that such murders are illegal. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, 869 women were murdered by “honor killings” in 2013. Exact numbers are hard to come by, because the families themselves are nearly always behind the killings and they may not be reported. As the Washington Post noted, Farazana’s murder was unusual as she was killed in the middle of a city in front of bystanders.