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Grieving husband of pregnant woman stoned to death by family speaks out



By MUNIR AHMED

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A pregnant Pakistani woman beaten and stoned to death by her own family for marrying against their wishes was buried before dawn Wednesday as police pressed a manhunt for those who took part in the so-called "honor killing" outside a courthouse in downtown Lahore.

Her father was arrested shortly after the killing on Tuesday, and confessed to having killed his daughter because she had married a man of her choice, defying the family's wishes and conservative norms in the Muslim-majority country.

Farzana Parveen, 25, was buried in the presence of some 100 mourners from her husband's family at around 2 a.m. in a village graveyard in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, her husband Mohammad Iqbal said.

He said his family had chosen to bury her at night because of the gruesome state of her remains.

Iqbal, 45, said they had gone to the high court in Lahore on Tuesday to contest a criminal complaint filed against him by his father-in-law, Mohammad Azeem, who accused him of abducting his daughter. The couple was attacked as they approached the courthouse.

Authorities say the father described the attack as an "honor killing," a term used for the murder of women accused of violating the sexual mores of conservative societies.

"We loved each other. We got married on January 7, 2014 and my wife was three months' pregnant," Iqbal told The Associated Press.

"My wife wanted to tell the court that I had not kidnapped her. We were going to the court with our lawyer Mustafa Kharal, and we were near the court when three dozen people suddenly attacked us," he said in a telephone interview from his village.

He said the attackers included his wife's father, two brothers and a woman.

"I saw a young woman from my wife's family slapping her. Some people were also beating me... I tried to save my wife's life, but I failed," he said.

Arranged marriages are the norm among many conservative Pakistanis, and hundreds of women are murdered every year in so-called honor killings carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior.

However, stoning in public settings is extremely rare.

Police investigator Rana Absar said Azeem surrendered hours after the attack and was in custody, and that police were searching for the others accused of taking part in the killing.

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Associated Press Writer Zaheer Babar in Lahore contributed to this report.

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givethisathought May 29 2014 at 1:18 PM

They also killed a child, and they call this honor!

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MeritaBread May 29 2014 at 12:53 PM

I hope that each and everyone of those who participated in this dishonorable murder will be caught and put to death judiciously!

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wk2hrd May 29 2014 at 12:50 PM

God Bless this woman may she rest in peace. May God help this man get through this horrible pain. This is so sad.

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sflogcabin May 29 2014 at 1:00 PM

This is not a religion, it's a sham for enslaving women. Oh, i'm not supposed to say that.

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Ronnie May 29 2014 at 1:00 PM

Islam is evil.

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mikecsearle May 29 2014 at 12:48 PM

And these people have nuclear weopons!

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hanna vanhoose May 29 2014 at 12:57 PM

this is horrible, heartbreaking and disgusting at the same time. I cannot imagine doing this to any human being. there is no justice that can ever be served here truthfully, but I hope the girls father and entire family are punished and made to suffer horribly as they did her. this is a perfect example of what America doesn't want to be like and we need to pick up our pace and get back to civilized thinking ourselves. I wont sleep well tonite after reading this but we all need to know what is going on.

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Amanda May 29 2014 at 12:56 PM

animals!

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jslstrat May 29 2014 at 12:50 PM

Get these people out of here….They live in the stone age..no pun intended!!!!!

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fredyacht1 May 29 2014 at 12:43 PM

He should be stoned to death with tiny little pebbles for days on end!

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