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Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family

Women mourn over the body Women mourn over the body of their relative, Farzana Parveen, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore May 27, 2014.of their relative, Farzana Iqbal, who was killed by family members, in an
Women mourn over the body Women mourn over the body of their relative, Farzana Parveen, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore May 27, 2014.of their relative, Farzana Iqbal, who was killed by family members, in an
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A pregnant woman was stoned to death outside a Pakistani court for marrying the man she loved without the consent of her family.
 
Farzana Parveen, who was 25, had married Mohammad Iqbal a few months ago against the wishes of her family.
 
Police said nearly 20 members of the woman's family, including her father and brothers, attacked the couple with sticks and bricks in broad daylight Tuesday before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore.
 
Her lawyer said Parveen's father had filed an abduction case against her husband and the couple were on their way to court to contest it. 
 
Iqbal told police his wife was three months pregnant.
 
Arranged marriages are the norm among conservative Pakistanis, who view marriage for love as a transgression.
 
Hundreds of women are killed every year in Muslim-majority Pakistan in so-called “honor killings” carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other alleged illicit sexual behavior.

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