May 29 2014
In what Muslims like to call an “honor killing,” a pregnant woman who married the man of her choice, was beaten and stoned to death by her own family members and the cousin she denied.
The terrible fate of Farzana Parveen, 25, is one shared by many Muslim women in Pakistan and around the world, even in the West. She was killed in the name of “honor,” on the grounds her actions had brought shame on her family. “Her father who took part in the killing expressed no regret. As many as 800 women and girls are killed for ‘honor’ in Pakistan each year, making Pakistan one of the most dangerous countries for women.
Husband of the pregnant woman says police watched the murder and refused to do anything.
Now it gets really weird. The husband says he killed his first wife in order to marry the one who was just stoned to death.
CNN (h/t Martin) The husband of Farzana Parveen, the Pakistani woman stoned to death for refusing to participate in an arranged marriage, told CNN he killed his first wife so he could marry Parveen. Authorities said the first wife was killed six years ago.
“I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife,” Mohammad Iqbal said Thursday in an interview with CNN. Zulfiqar Hameed, district inspector general for the Punjab police, said Iqbal’s son from the first marriage alerted police to the slaying six years ago. Iqbal was arrested but later released on bail because his son forgave him, Hameed said.