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    Pakistani Rights Groups Condemn Honor Killing

    Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of  pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows her marriage certificate in Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2014.  Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows her marriage certificate in Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2014.
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    Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of  pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows her marriage certificate in Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2014.
    Mustafa Kharal, lawyer of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen who was stoned to death, shows her marriage certificate in Lahore, Pakistan, May 28, 2014.
    Ayaz Gul
    Human rights groups in Pakistan are outraged at the killing of a young woman who was targeted by her family for marrying a man of her own choice. They are demanding authorities immediately bring the culprits of the “shameful act” to justice. Hundreds of women are killed in Pakistan in the name of family honor every year.  
     
    Police in the eastern city of Lahore say that 25-year-old Farzana Parveen was stoned to death by her family members just outside a courthouse.
     
    The victim was said to be engaged to her cousin but married another man without her family’s approval. Her action prompted Parveen’s family to register a kidnapping case against her husband.
     
    A women mourns over the body Farzana Parveen, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore, May 27, 2014.A women mourns over the body Farzana Parveen, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore, May 27, 2014.
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    A women mourns over the body Farzana Parveen, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore, May 27, 2014.
    A women mourns over the body Farzana Parveen, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore, May 27, 2014.
    ​Witnesses say the young woman was waiting for the High Court to open so she could tell the judge she had married of her own free will. However, around two dozen relatives, including Parveen’s father and brothers, began attacking her with bricks. She received serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
     
    Police officials say all the attackers except her father escaped. He took part in killing his daughter and had no regrets, the father said, because she had dishonored the family.

    The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said the murder caused “serious alarm and disgust.” The  woman’s only crime was to marry of her own free will in line with the law of the land, the commission said in a statement, adding with dismay that neither onlookers nor policemen at the scene of the crime intervened.
     
    The commission's secretary-general, I.A. Rehman, says such brazen actions have only been encouraged by Pakistani authorities’ failure to act:
     
    “We feel that these are premeditated murders, and the trend has been strengthened by the government’s failure to suppress crimes of this nature. And also, the increasing brutalization of society has created a situation in which more and more people are taking the law into their own hands and taking other peoples’ lives,” said Rehman.
     
    No official figures are compiled, by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says nearly 900 women died in honor-related crimes in 2013. The organization says even that estimate is likely too low, since many honor killings go unreported.
     
    Since almost no one is tried and convicted for such killings, rights groups say it's no surprise that "honor crimes" are on the rise in Pakistan. The culprits, they say, usually are freed - either acquitted due to intentionally flawed police investigations, released as a result of political influence or "pardoned" by victims or their relatives.

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    by: dan from: usa
    May 28, 2014 3:32 PM
    animals
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    by: SD from: USA
    May 29, 2014 12:53 PM
    you are giving the animals a bad name because of these creatures

    by: dave from: USA
    May 28, 2014 2:57 PM
    Is this family 300 years behind in the dark?? Where is Love?

    by: Maudood from: Kashmir, IOK
    May 28, 2014 2:17 PM
    This is totally unacceptable. This is un Islamic. A women can marry a person of her choice, she has every right to do that.

    Allah Almighty said in the Noble Quran: "O ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should ye treat them with harshness, that ye may take away part of the dower [money given by the husband to the wife for the marriage contract] ye have given them, except where they have been guilty of open lewdness; on the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If ye take a dislike to them it may be that ye dislike a thing, and God brings about through it a great deal of good. (The Noble Quran, 4:19)"

    by: highrain2 from: us
    May 28, 2014 2:12 PM
    ok, so marrying who you want is "dishonorable", but killing your own daughter is "honorable". And because I can't understand this, I'm an "infidel".
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    by: Citizen from: Earth
    May 29, 2014 1:24 PM
    No, this has nothing to do with religion. Honor Killings are done by Hindus also, theses are illiterate Savages who come from Old School Feudal Families, which the dad things he is a Ferrow. They all should be stoned to Death! I as a Muslim and citizen of earth!, condemn this act of savagery, and we muslims hate these savages also as anyone should and would!
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    by: Terrance Hill
    May 28, 2014 3:20 PM
    Now you're getting it. Welcome to the world of Islam coming to your neighborhood soon.

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