A pregnant woman was stoned to death yesterday in Pakistan by her own family in broad daylight.
Farzana Parveen’s so called crime was marrying the man she loved.
Farzana's father, two brothers, former fiancé and a female relative were among the attackers who surrounded her and threw bricks at her as she stood outside a courthouse in Lahore.
The 25-year-old’s husband said that police stood by and watched the murder, doing absolutely nothing to intervene.
"We were shouting for help; nobody listened," Muhammad Iqbal, told the BBC, going on to describe the police as "shameful" and "inhuman" for their failure to stop the attack.
“One of my relatives took off his clothes to capture police attention but they didn't intervene,” he continued. "They watched Farzana being killed and did nothing."
Farzana’s father later surrendered himself to authorities, claiming it was an “honor killing” as his daughter had married the man she loved, defying the family’s wishes.
Farzana’s husband told the BBC that as he and his wife arrived at the courthouse her relatives were waiting and attempted to drag her away. As she struggled to get away from them, they dragged her down to the ground and smashed her head in with bricks.
She died on the pavement in a pool of her own blood.
Farzana was buried by her husband’s family at around 2am this morning in a village graveyard in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province.
She was three months pregnant.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan an estimated 869 women were murdered in "honor killings" in just the past year—it is suspected that the true figure is actually much higher.
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