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Farzana Parveen By Family: Theres No Honour In Honour Killings Horror After Pakistan Stoning

June 1, 2014 by  

Farzana Parveen By Family: Theres No Honour In Honour Killings Horror After Pakistan Stoning, IN PAKISTAN, family honour is obviously a much more precious commodity than that little thing called life.

Like most of us, I was disgusted, revolted and felt sick to the stomach to read about the Pakistani woman publicly stoned to death by her family in front of a so-called court.

The reason? For daring to fall in love.

The pregnant woman, 25-year-old Farzana Parveen, was publicly stoned to death by her own family — nearly 20 of them, in fact — in front of a Pakistani high court for marrying the man she loved, a 45-year old father-of-five, Mohammad Iqbal, whose wife had died.

They’re called honour killings. Honour? Where is the honour in murdering someone in the most callous, depraved and immoral way?

We — the world — are not naive to suggest that every culture, ethnicity and religion should adhere to the same moral codes. People follow the religion they chose to, or are bought up to, often reluctantly, follow.

But for a woman, three months pregnant, to be publicly stoned to death because she wed the man she actually loved, as opposed to entering into an arranged marriage, is just incomprehensible. In any culture. In any language. In any religion.

Yes, arranged marriages are a norm among conservative Pakistanis, but when you read a report from The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (one actually exists) that some 869 women were murdered in honour killings in 2013, this is not just a global disgrace.

It’s an appalling and evil extermination of any kind of human rights.

Attacked with batons and bricks in broad daylight, this appalling practice apparently isn’t anything new with hundreds of women murdered every year in Muslim-majority Pakistan.

According to Ms Parveen’s lawyer, the details of the public, downtown street stoning are horrific.

Relatives waited outside the court and as the married couple walked up to the main gate, family members fired shots and tried to snatch her from her husband.

As she resisted, Mr Parveen’s father, brothers and other relatives started beating her, eventually pelting her with bricks from a nearby construction site.

Theres No Honour In Honour Killings Horror After Pakistan Stoning Farzana Parveen By Family

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