外文标题：Honour killing: Woman killed outside Lahore High Court
LAHORE: A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside the Lahore High Court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved, police said.
Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the court to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, senior police officer Umer Cheema said.
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 ‘honour’.
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 women are killed in Pakistan every year by their families in honour killings, according to 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. The law allows a victim’s family to forgive their killer.
But in honour 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.”
Law and Order at its Best
Very sad, indeed..
So, the police was able to arrest the body of the deceased and take it into custody? Remarkable bit of police work here.
SICK VERY SICK
And now the police will take money just to release the victim’s body. EVEN MORE SICK
What can you expect from a country that refuses to accept women as an equal. This male dominated society would make sure that honor killings laws protect the man, but in the case of the woman there are no protections in place
why a man can marry a girl of his choice but not a girl… jahirl log… ezzat is important but not a life
Sick minds, sick people
welcome to Absurdistan, where the honour always vests in women whereas men by virtue of men have to take upon themselves to protect that honour !
How pathetic and medieval society it is..
Where were the law enforcers when she was attacked?.I bet they were saving their skins.
A brother is supposed to protect and not kill his sister but not it seems in the Islamic Pakistan. How was it possible for the brothers to escape when the police were around. Why the police not interfere when this girl was being assaulted. It seems that either Pakistani police are cowards or they supported this murder. I sincerely hope someone will take notice and give the police involved a long jail sentence.
….and the suspects managed to flee after the incident……..SAYS IT ALL.
And everyone stood there watching. There must be lawyers, litigants, staff, security guards, police constables, bystanders…and everyone watched?
The family kills and the family forgives. This is how Islamic law is interpreted and acted upon in Pakistan. Then we blame the whole world for our miseries
This country is despicable at times.
And then we wonder why Pakistan has such a poor image internationally. An utter disgrace.
“This is a huge flaw in the law,”
Nope, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature…
This happened outside the High Court. Seriously ? Where was the police and other people ? Watching the tamasha, as usual.
Arrest them and kill them the same brutal way. What a shame.