Honour killing: Woman killed outside Lahore High Court

Published: May 27, 2014

Brothers pelted her with bricks, victim got serious injuries on her head leading to her death. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside the Lahore High Court on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved, police said.

Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the court to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, senior police officer Umer Cheema said.

Her father, two brothers and former fiancé were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of ‘honour’.

Iqbal had been engaged to her cousin but married another man, Cheema said. Her family registered a kidnapping case against him but Iqbal had come to court to argue that she had married of her own free will, he said.

Around 1,000 women are killed in Pakistan every year by their families in honour killings, according to the Aurat Foundation.

The true figure is probably many times higher since the Aurat Foundation only compiles figures from newspaper reports. The government does not compile national statistics.

Campaigners say few cases come to court, and those that do can take years to be heard. No one tracks how many cases are successfully prosecuted.

Even those that do result in a conviction may end with the killers walking free. The law allows a victim’s family to forgive their killer.

But in honour killings, most of the time the women’s killers are her family, said Wasim Wagha of the Aurat Foundation. The law allows them to nominate someone to do the murder, then forgive him.

“This is a huge flaw in the law,” he said. “We are really struggling on this issue.”

Reader Comments (60)

  • Tauheed Ahmed
    May 27, 2014 - 9:19AM

    So, the police was able to arrest the body of the deceased and take it into custody? Remarkable bit of police work here.

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  • Asad
    May 27, 2014 - 9:25AM

    Law and Order at its Best

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  • Ahmad
    May 27, 2014 - 9:46AM

    Very sad, indeed..

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  • Imran
    May 27, 2014 - 9:48AM

    SICK VERY SICK

    And now the police will take money just to release the victim’s body. EVEN MORE SICK

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  • Sanjan Khaild
    May 27, 2014 - 10:15AM

    What can you expect from a country that refuses to accept women as an equal. This male dominated society would make sure that honor killings laws protect the man, but in the case of the woman there are no protections in place

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  • May 27, 2014 - 10:18AM

    @Tauheed Ahmed: Superb comment on which you have scored a bulls-eye. Salams

    If after the advent of Islam we still practice these satanic tribal customs, then better we catch these heretics. SalamsRecommend

  • Javeria
    May 27, 2014 - 10:21AM

    why a man can marry a girl of his choice but not a girl… jahirl log… ezzat is important but not a life

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  • Ali
    May 27, 2014 - 10:23AM

    Sick minds, sick people

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    May 27, 2014 - 10:26AM

    welcome to Absurdistan, where the honour always vests in women whereas men by virtue of men have to take upon themselves to protect that honour !

    How pathetic and medieval society it is..

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  • Hassan
    May 27, 2014 - 10:35AM

    Deplorable…

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  • Syed
    May 27, 2014 - 10:36AM

    Our Law enforcement agencies are at High alert!

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  • sajida
    May 27, 2014 - 11:10AM

    Where were the law enforcers when she was attacked?.I bet they were saving their skins.

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  • The One
    May 27, 2014 - 11:51AM

    Marriage by force are completely illegal in Islam but I’m beginning to think Pakistanis believe a wedding isn’t a wedding if at least one of the parties is completely unwilling.

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  • Kolsat
    May 27, 2014 - 12:50PM

    A brother is supposed to protect and not kill his sister but not it seems in the Islamic Pakistan. How was it possible for the brothers to escape when the police were around. Why the police not interfere when this girl was being assaulted. It seems that either Pakistani police are cowards or they supported this murder. I sincerely hope someone will take notice and give the police involved a long jail sentence.

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  • qadeer
    May 27, 2014 - 1:15PM

    Humanity can’t be implemented from the people in reign, it is in the blood.

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  • god
    May 27, 2014 - 1:17PM

    true pakistan, one in million of such cases in pakistan’s daily routine.

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  • ABC
    May 27, 2014 - 2:03PM

    Its a very sad incidence man or woman must not kill any other.

    @ Sanjan Khaild
    “What can you expect from a country that refuses to accept women as an equal. “

    Lets call a spade a spade. When few days ago a man was castrated by a woman everyone was happy and no body thought about a bill of security for both genders but when it comes the other way you started giving “Fatwas” For God sake get rid of your biasness and get yourself educated. Its not your believed India where women get rapped at every second.

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  • Parvez
    May 27, 2014 - 2:24PM

    ….and the suspects managed to flee after the incident……..SAYS IT ALL.

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  • Reader
    May 27, 2014 - 3:40PM

    And everyone stood there watching. There must be lawyers, litigants, staff, security guards, police constables, bystanders…and everyone watched?

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  • Jawwad Hafeez
    May 27, 2014 - 4:29PM

    @Tauheed Ahmed:
    The family kills and the family forgives. This is how Islamic law is interpreted and acted upon in Pakistan. Then we blame the whole world for our miseries

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  • sardarzaheer
    May 27, 2014 - 4:42PM

    its very very sad to know about this brutal incident how far we can go to save our so called honor…Its about time for society groups to demand for a law where two individuals of what ever cast/creed shall be given the will to chose their partners…I have seen all comments above there is nothing we will be able to do in this case…police did not help and same goes for general public like us must have witnessed it, we are not able to put our life into risk to save someones…where was the man to whom she married and to whom she loved to this extent when she was being stoned to death he could have at least kill one of these animals…

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  • Moiz Omar
    May 27, 2014 - 5:15PM

    This country is despicable at times.

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  • Mithidada
    May 27, 2014 - 5:20PM

    And then we wonder why Pakistan has such a poor image internationally. An utter disgrace.

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  • May 27, 2014 - 5:54PM

    Outside the Lahore High Court, a women was stoned by her relatives and the people around enjoyed her suffering and death. What a pathetic situation. What a criminal society? Is it deserve to be protected. Recommend

  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    May 27, 2014 - 6:03PM

    That this happened in front of the Lahore High Court – not in the hinterlands; says it all! And pray what were the police and other bystanders doing while she was being stoned?

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  • Citizen26
    May 27, 2014 - 6:38PM

    This law is a joke which is abused very commonly in Pakistan. It is not related to religion and neither Islam gives any permission for such laws. Blood money or forgiving by any blood related of the victim has the right. But it cannot be applied in this scenario where Victim and Killer is family memeber.

    This has to go down to the court to be addressed and sever punishment should be given such people. No one has the authority to take law in his or her own hands.
    If anyone does, prosecute them and put them into prison to rot 10 years first before hanging them.

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  • Suhaib
    May 27, 2014 - 6:44PM

    Not a new story in a country where ZINA (Fornication) is cheaper and easier than Nikah (Marriage). Such events and impositions from parents and families makes them adulterous rather than go for a good pious relationship.

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  • bash gul
    May 27, 2014 - 7:21PM

    OK in Islam the victim’s heirs can forgive the killer. The same is practiced in Saudi Arabia, but there the killer will have to spend almost more than 10 years in jail till he is pardoned, or till the son of the victim reaches the age of 18 to decide if he wishes to pardon the killer or not. And the heirs usually pardn when the sword has been raised to decapitate the killer. Here the whole family took part in killing the girl, so the question of pardon does not arise. This country had the first female prime minister in the Muslim world, why were rules to protect women not introduced in the parliament? Why apply Shariah here, and not when it comes to corruption in the government? More than a thousand killed ever year in the name of honour, so a thousand killers are pardoned and freed.

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  • imran ali
    May 27, 2014 - 7:32PM

    @Tauheed Ahmed…pakistani police are useless stuff…there was some achievement by taking dead body in custody…at least they can earn money for releasing the death body

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  • steve c
    May 27, 2014 - 7:52PM

    “This is a huge flaw in the law,”
    Nope, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature…

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  • A. Khan
    May 27, 2014 - 8:11PM

    This happened outside the High Court. Seriously ? Where was the police and other people ? Watching the tamasha, as usual.

    PTV can come up a TV show: Law & Order – Pakistani Style. It will be a comedy series.

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  • Irshad Khan
    May 27, 2014 - 8:37PM

    And they say “Women have equal rights” in this country mostly inhabitated by savages. People who can kill their sisters/daughters so mercilessly…..are they not savages.

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  • Irshad Khan
    May 27, 2014 - 8:38PM

    Where was her husband.

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  • Kanwal
    May 27, 2014 - 10:21PM

    Arrest them and kill them the same brutal way. What a shame.

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  • Rao
    May 27, 2014 - 11:06PM

    What barbarism in a country where politicians and educated peaple pepper their conversation with words like,”Pakistan a nuclear armed state. Etc. etc…”
    Shameful barbaric act.

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  • salman
    May 27, 2014 - 11:22PM

    typical of Punjabi society by in large

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  • Shenaniganman
    May 27, 2014 - 11:35PM

    All that time I spend planning brutal murders in perfectly dark, empty, inconspicuous places when the easiest place to do it is obviously in front of a Pakistani house of law.

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  • Parvez
    May 28, 2014 - 12:49AM

    …….the Punjab Chief minister and the Interior / Law Minister should have the moral courage to tender their resignations and STEP DOWN.

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  • HS
    May 28, 2014 - 12:53AM

    Absolutely disgusting. This is why our country is where it is these days while countries such as India are progressing – because of our backward and disgusting mindset. We lack education and education is the one shot we have at moving forward.

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  • Mian
    May 28, 2014 - 12:56AM

    What a shame? All institutions judiciary police clergy are equally responsible. But who will punish the bystander police? Judiciary? Executive? Huh

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  • Tariq
    May 28, 2014 - 3:55AM

    Changing the mindset of a majority of males in Pakistani society will take a long time, but there is a simple way to end these episodes immediately. Make example of these perpetrators by swiftly bringing them to justice. Pass a law immediately which makes it illegal to allow the victims family to forgive a murder if the victim is related to the perpetrator. If they try and game the system by hiring someone unrelated to them to take the rap (promising to forgive them after the trial) make it a capital crime for both parties to enter into such agreement.

    The reason these killings are so brazen and openly committed is that the perpetrators have absolutely no fear of being punished. They might say now that they don’t care if they are hanged because it is a matter of honor. However, I am prepared to bet that once a few of them are hanged, it will be amazing how quickly an unbroken neck becomes much more important than honor.

    Back in the day of the British Raj, the practice of Suttee (widow burning) was also said to be part of the Hindu religion and was a matter of honor. However, once the Brits hanged a few people, it as amazing how quickly Suttee became a thing of the past.

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  • Sanjan Khaild
    May 28, 2014 - 6:24AM

    @ABC – get your “A B C in order there is a difference in killing & castrating! I am a Pakistan woman hear me roar with disgust so why are you asking me about the rape of my sisters across the border by men.
    The percentage of male castration by women is very low compared to the rape, domestic abuse, acid throwing and killing of women in Pakistan. Do not deflect the real issue at hand by bringing into the conversation about the women abuse in India.

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  • May 28, 2014 - 6:32AM

    Found this out from international news.

    Not just one or two guys…but about a dozen to 20 family members who conspired and took part in the stoning, including father, brother and the cousin/former fiancée, who clearly was more beloved than their pregnant daughter/sister. In front of police, court and everyone else.

    And the family had initially registered a ‘kidnapping’ case against the husband she loved and married…don’t think they were ever interested in ‘saving’ her from any alleged ‘kidnapper’..

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  • Arif Sheikh
    May 28, 2014 - 11:06AM

    Very disappointed by this biased reporting and comments. It’s a family matter. Please respect feelings of the family that was put to so much humiliation by this woman that they had no other way to protect their honour.

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  • Iqbal
    May 28, 2014 - 1:13PM

    Welcome to the Land of the Pure. Also called Jinnah’s The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
    A land in complete shambles and it gives lectures to other countries.

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  • bahaha
    May 28, 2014 - 3:15PM

    Justice stops beyond the nose of the chief justice. Even his room is not covered.

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  • Akshay
    May 28, 2014 - 3:20PM

    All religons were born to uplift humanity and promote spirituality. Somewhere along the line we lost the relation between religon, humanity and spirituality. We made religon part of our identity and feed our ego. Now the ego has become dangerously powerful and on self destruct mode…My suggestion if I may, please meditate. Remove religon from you identity, understand your true self and then go back to practicing your religon. Love to all.. :)

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  • May 28, 2014 - 8:48PM

    Where in the faith does it tell us to stop thinking. Its the self-proclaimed religious leaders that should be held responsible for this.

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  • Paul
    May 29, 2014 - 12:57AM

    Just wanted to send love and light to the girl and every woman who is abused for the sake of religion.

    Keep fighting for justice!

    Paul

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  • numbersnumbers
    May 29, 2014 - 2:52AM

    @Arif Sheikh:
    WOW, you say that “the family” had to protect their HONOUR by killing this women!
    Please explain to all of us IN DETAIL just what demanded this action by her family, so that we can all be “disappointed” at your bigoted mindset that belongs in some savage world long past!

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  • Bilal
    May 29, 2014 - 3:18AM

    We just keep giving evidence to the world of how barbaric we are. An absolutely despicable act but I’m sure none of these so-called defenders of women’s rights will dare to speak up. Makes me sad as a teen about the future of my country that hasn’t moved beyond medieval traditions.

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  • May 29, 2014 - 3:38AM

    @Iqbal: i never found Pakistan lecturing anyone (Pakistan was used by many, including iran and us), i am not sure whom are you talking about, do you have childhood scars from your dad lecturing you and your mom more often than he should???

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  • faizan
    May 29, 2014 - 5:23AM

    Pm and cm are busy buying BMW from our money.CJ high court is probably killing flies in his office..or maybe he has taken suo moto against the Fly leader…why bother is women beaten and stoned to death..

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  • Rex Minor
    May 29, 2014 - 6:18AM

    There is nothing new in honour killings! Those who do not conform to the code of honour of their family, the tribe or the com the risk of being punished at the hands of those feel dishonoured. All this has occurred in ancieant times and one can recall the greatest show of honour clashing with the greatest love drama round 1200 B.C in sparta, Menelaus the husband of Helen, was outraged to find that Paris the Prince of Troy abducted his wife. The difference being that we find ourselves in the 21st century. Only with the help of education in social science and the Aufklarung of peoples religions and cultures will bring a renainsance in the country.

    Rex Minor

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  • Haider Jafari
    May 29, 2014 - 9:04AM

    It is deplorable that honor is being considered as more important than human life human rights. The deaths are not accidentals. It is a deliberate murder. The punishment for murder is death as defined in Islam. I hope the court will do the justice.

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  • Hayati
    May 29, 2014 - 3:26PM

    I still can’t stop thinking about what was going through her head seconds before being pelted with stones by her kin. Try putting yourselves in her shoes for a minute. She came with hope and optimism, but was presented with nothing more than death. Complaining about honor killings in remote areas is useless, since we aren’t even safe in our modern cities.

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  • Patti Hayden
    May 30, 2014 - 12:01AM

    “honor killings” in a country that has many incidents of “dishonoring women?”

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  • KC
    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:55AM

    @Arif Sheikh:
    You are joking, right?

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  • KC
    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:57AM

    @Arif Sheikh:
    Their minds were warped by incorrect interpretations of islam

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  • Jun 29, 2014 - 9:05PM

    Totally sickening. Simply I would say Its because of lack of education and this kinda things only happens because of our backward and disgusting mindset. Things can changed if we try to change our way of stereo type thinking.

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