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Victim of 'honour killing' had wed a man who had strangled his first wife
 


May 30, 2014 - Updated 935 PKT
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WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, Farzana Iqbal, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, was confronted by a mob of 20 or so of her family members near the steps of the top court in Lahore, Pakistan's second-biggest city.

 

They proceeded to beat her to death with sticks and bricks, while police nearby looked on and did little.

 

The reason for the attack? She had chosen to marry a 45-year-old man named Muhammad Iqbal. That was a union deemed unacceptable by her family, which had filed an abduction case against the husband. She was about to deliver a statement in his defense. Photos taken after the attack show her lifeless body shrouded in colored fabrics, crumpled on the pavement. They also show the haunted stare of her husband.

 

Now, the media furor after the incident has turned up a new, stomach-turning wrinkle in the case: Police say the husband killed his first wife before marrying Farzana. After police sources in Lahore leaked unseemly details about his past to local media, Muhammad Iqbal himself confirmed to Agence France-Presse over the phone that he had strangled his first wife.

 

"I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love," he said before hanging up. The forgiveness of his son and Pakistan's controversial blood-money laws apparently allowed him to escape a jail sentence.

 

Last year alone, Pakistan's Human Rights Commission reported 869 "honour killings" — a misnomer of the highest order, describing incidents in which family members take it upon themselves to punish daughters who refuse arranged marriages or choose to follow their heart rather than family diktat. The real number, though, is probably much higher.

 

"I do not even wish to use the phrase 'honour killing,'" said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in Geneva. "There is not the faintest vestige of honor in killing a woman in this way." (Another news report now suggests that a sister of Farzana was poisoned to death four years ago in a similar episode.)

 

On Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued an angry statement on her "brutal killing," deeming it "totally unacceptable." He ordered the office of the chief minister of Punjab, of which Lahore is the capital, to deliver a report on the case. The chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, happens to be the prime minister's brother.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
Probably it is a made up story by the police to save their skin for not helping getting killed in front of their eyes. This story should be followed and if found wrong the police men should also be killed.

m. a
USA
We are going back to barbarian society. We need reformers as present day religious leaders have failed.

Tabassum Mairaj
Pakistan
He killed his first wife because he loved this women. now the family of this women farzana killed her serves her damn right. because of farzana her husband iqbal killed his first wife so it serves her right justice has been given to iqbal's first wife. She is the reason her husband killed his first wife and their kids lost their mother due u think its fair.. somewhere down the line farzana is to be blamed also...

ricky
Hong Kong
The Chief Minister of Punjab woke up from his deep slumber and took notice of the incident and ordered arrest of criminals within 24 hours. I think he should be arrested first being negligent to his duties.If he has a slightest regard for women dignity, he should resign right away, but Alas!for a moment we forget that we are talking about Pakistani Politicians who are shameless and have no principles for ruling the country.

Khan
Canada
why are we calling them honour killings they are cowardly acts against women. there are parts of this planet that are 2000 years behind the so called civilized world and fmg these killings aborting female fetes treating women as a slave or something that can be bought and sold is wrong so no matter your faith or so called custom these practises have to STOP women are a mans equal. and must be allowed to follow their heart be education and career or love and marriage its their choice

roger
United Kingdom
why are we calling them honour killings they are cowardly acts against women. there are parts of this planet that are 2000 years behind the so called civilized world and fmg these killings aborting female fetes treating women as a slave or something that can be bought and sold is wrong so no matter your faith or so called custom these practises have to STOP women are a mans equal. and must be allowed to follow their heart be education and career or love and marriage its their choice

roger
United Kingdom
 
 
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