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.