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Pakistani police did nothing to prevent woman’s stoning

Pakistani police did nothing to prevent woman’s stoning

FARZANA Parveen, three months pregnant, was pelted with bricks and bludgeoned to death by relatives this week – and the police stood by and did nothing, according to her husband.

The attack took place in front of a Lahore court in Pakistan and was carried out by the woman’s family, furious because she married against their wishes.

According to the BBC, Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of this basketcase of an Islamic country, described the stoning as “totally unacceptable”.

He ordered the chief minister of Punjab province to take “immediate action” and submit a report by this evening (Thursday).

Her husband Muhammad Iqba (pictured above) told the BBC that police simply stood by during the attack.

They watched Farzana being killed and did nothing.

There are hundreds of so-called “honour killings” in Pakistan each year.

This incident has prompted particular outrage as it took place in daylight while police and members of the public apparently stood by and did nothing to save her.

Mr Iqbal described the police as “shameful” and “inhuman” for their failure to stop the attack.

We were shouting for help, but nobody listened. One of my relatives took off his clothes to capture police attention but they didn’t intervene.

The dead woman’s father later surrendered to police but other relatives who took part in the attack are still free.

Local police chief Mujahid Hussain said:

We arrested a few of them and others are currently being investigated.

Ms Parveen came from a small town outside the city of Lahore. According to reports, her family were furious because she decided to marry Mr Iqbal instead of a man they had chosen.

Her relatives then filed a case for abduction against Mr Iqbal at the High Court.

Arranged marriages are the norm in Pakistan, and to marry against the wishes of the family is unthinkable in many deeply conservative communities.

This murder has appalled Pakistan’s small but vocal civil society. Social media activists took to Twitter and Facebook to express their shock. English-language newspapers have published strongly-worded editorials to denounce the brutal crime.

But all that is in sharp contrast to the muted reaction in the mainstream Urdu language media which, instead, chose to focus on political and security-related stories.

The killing of a woman in the name of honour remains an appalling reality in villages and towns across Pakistan.

As Dawn newspaper points out in its editorial: ”

The most shocking aspect of this killing, however, is that all the people witnessing the crime, even the law enforcers, were silent spectators as a woman was bludgeoned to her death.

 

30 responses to “Pakistani police did nothing to prevent woman’s stoning”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    As Dawn newspaper points out in its editorial: ”

    The most shocking aspect of this killing, however, is that all the people witnessing the crime, even the law enforcers, were silent spectators as a woman was bludgeoned to her death.

    Well, she’s only a women, not a biggie! FFS! What an horrific society. Words fail.

  2. Paul Cook says:

    What words can we express for this?
    I have none.

    But I have this to say : the silence of condemnation from the islamic religious ‘leaders’ is deafening.

  3. Alan says:

    Isn’t religion a beautiful and moral force for good? What a bunch of primitive, ignorant, barbaric, cowardly bastards. Yes words fail but those will do for starters.

  4. Angela_K says:

    These barbarians are the same people who say Atheists have no morals and that you can’t be a good person unless your brain is indoctrinated by religion.

  5. Stephen Mynett says:

    Angela, I am sure our friend Sayeeda Warsi will tell us they are not real muslims. The refusal to accept the truth, bigotry and indifference of people like her and the other apologists is disgusting, they may not be legally complicit in these crimes but they certainly are morally.

  6. Matt Westwood says:

    All the comments have gone …

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    All the comments have gone …

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  10. Scethin says:

    It has been clear for a long time that the Pakistani Police do not consider protecting helpless women any part of their duties. Also, anyone who thinks it OK to kill for their honour doesn’t have any.

  11. Scethin says:

    It has been clear for a long time that the Pakistani Police do not consider protecting helpless women any part of their duties. Also, anyone who thinks it OK to kill for their honour doesn’t have any.

  12. Howard Fuller says:

    According to The Times report today, the husband had refused to give the family money before he married her. And these criminals hide behind “honour”. Disgusting affront to the civilised world.

  13. Howard Fuller says:

    According to The Times report today, the husband had refused to give the family money before he married her. And these criminals hide behind “honour”. Disgusting affront to the civilised world.

  14. bear47 says:

    Absolutely Scethin, there is no honor in killing period. Honor killing is beyond belief and an oxymoron, which brings me to saying that only a real moron would even think there was any “honor” in honor killings. Religion, the absolute worst invention we humans ever thought up.

  15. Absolutely Scethin, there is no honor in killing period. Honor killing is beyond belief and an oxymoron, which brings me to saying that only a real moron would even think there was any “honor” in honor killings. Religion, the absolute worst invention we humans ever thought up.

  16. bear47 says:

    While we know the Muslims do not consider women to be of much worth, they rank along with other property, the Hebrews/Jews hold to the same view as many fundie xtians do also.
    p.s. bear47= charlie from US of A (fyi)

  17. While we know the Muslims do not consider women to be of much worth, they rank along with other property, the Hebrews/Jews hold to the same view as many fundie xtians do also.
    p.s. bear47= charlie from US of A (fyi)

  18. ZombieHunter says:

    I think it’s time to stop sending aid to Pakistan, money sent their doesn’t go where its needed anyway and is pocketed by corrupt politicians there, it’s on it’s way to being a failed state like Somalia except Somalia doesn’t have nukes…

  19. ZombieHunter says:

    I think it’s time to stop sending aid to Pakistan, money sent their doesn’t go where its needed anyway and is pocketed by corrupt politicians there, it’s on it’s way to being a failed state like Somalia except Somalia doesn’t have nukes…

  20. Paul Cook says:

    This new disqus.
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    Paul Cook.

  21. Paul Cook says:

    BARRY

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  22. Newspaniard says:

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  23. Newspaniard says:

    It is not mentioned above but the husband killed his former wife 6 years ago so that he could marry the stoned woman. He received a one month gaol sentence.

  24. $17443650 says:

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  25. Club Secretary says:

    Obviously went in front of a harsh judge.

    Or he got a reduced sentence because he had to look after his motherless children. (Where have I heard that before?)

  26. barriejohn says:

    The story gets even worse. The family are serial killers!

    He avoided a prison sentence after his family used Islamic provisions of Pakistan’s legal system to forgive him, precisely those he has insisted should not be available to his wife’s killers…
    Iqbal has also claimed that Parveen’s family killed another one of their daughters some years ago. Speaking to a researcher from the Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights organisation, he claimed that Parveen’s father, Muhammad Azeem, had poisoned the other woman after falling out with her husband-in-law.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/29/pakistan-man-protesting-honour-killing-admits-strangling-first-wife

  27. barriejohn says:

    A man in Leicester has been arrested for kidnap and sexual abuse of boys aged between eight and twelve. Name? Mohamed Bajiwala. Well, we mustn’t make assumptions I suppose
    .
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-27647549

  28. Matt Westwood says:

    That won’t happen. The “aid” is going exactly where it’s supposed to: into the pockets of the officials who will then take up defence contracts with the UK in preference to another country. “Foreign aid” means “foreign bribery”. Thought everybody knew.