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Pakistani Police Arrest Brothers in Honor Killing

Members of Pakistan's civil society condemn the killing of pregnant woman Farzana Parveen, who was stoned to death in Islamabad, May 29, 2014.
Police in Pakistan say they have arrested the brothers of a woman who was bludgeoned to death by her family for marrying against their wishes.

Authorities say 25-year-old Farzana Parveen was beaten with bricks outside a courthouse in the eastern city of Lahore on May 27, as she waited to tell a judge she married a man of her own free will.

On Wednesday, police said two of Parveen's brothers and another man have been detained in connection with the assault.

Her father, uncle, and two cousins are among those already in custody. Parveen's father has reportedly confessed to the killing, which has drawn worldwide condemnation and sparked protests in Islamabad.

Pakistan's prime minister and Supreme Court chief justice have ordered investigations into the incident, including allegations that police stood by and did nothing to stop the attack despite pleas from Parveen's husband.

The husband, Mohammad Iqbal, has his own violent history. He has admitted that he killed his first wife, but was not jailed because he was forgiven by a family member and the case was withdrawn.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says nearly 900 women died in such crimes in 2013. The commission says the actual number may be much higher, since many honor killings go unreported.

Some information for this report comes from AP and AFP.