Pakistan:In an apparent 'honour killing' a 25-year-old pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family at the gate of Lahore High Court in Pakistan Tuesday for marrying the man of her choice.
According to Police,Farzana Parveen, resident of Faisalabad, had married Mohammad Iqbal of Jaranwala a few months ago against the wishes of her family.
Nearly 20 people attacked both the husband and wife in broad daylight before a crowd of people and in the presence of security guards. The husband later described how police watched the attack silently.Farzana, who was three-months pregnant, died while her husband managed to escape.
Today Thursday,29 May,2014,Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took notice of the murder of a 25-year-old pregnant woman during an honour killing in front of Lahore High Court. He has ordered an inquiry into why the police apparently stood by during the whole incident.
Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD along with his team of LEAD consisting of Farazana Sardar,Coordinator of Women Rights,Aric John Advocate,legal Advisor, Sayhoon Eric,Media coordinator and Qaiser Younas ,Court Clerk were present at the Lahore High Court when this incident happened. The violence broke out during the Appeal hearing of Christian mother of five; Asia Bibi, which was again cancelled unexpectedly.