Photo: Pakistani Woman Who Was Stoned to Death by Her Own Family in ‘Cultural Norm’

Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

Most of the media has ignored this outrageous story out of Pakistan, and we can’t find any of the #YesAllWomen types hashtagging up a storm about it either. Oh well, this poor woman was only stoned to death by her own family. No biggie.

This first photo has emerged of the pregnant woman who stoned to death by her own family for marrying the man she loved.

Farzana Parveen, who was three months pregnant, was attacked on Tuesday, police said, because she had married the man she loved.

A passport size photo which was revealed today shows the 25-year-old wearing a yellow and red headscarf as she looks at the camera.

Her husband said that police did nothing during the 15 minutes the violence lasted outside Lahore High Court.

‘I begged them to help us but they said, this is not our duty,’  said Muhammed Iqbal.

‘I took off my shirt (to be humble) and begged them to save her.’

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has demanded to know why police apparently stood by, his spokesman said today.

In parts of Pakistan, a largely Muslim nation of 180 million people, women are expected to agree to arranged marriages and refusal can mean an ‘honour killing’.

Many Pakistani families think it dishonourable for a woman to fall in love and choose her own husband.

Meanwhile, the New York Times, so concerned by the popular Twitter hashtag of recent days, is rather unmoved by such barbarity in Pakistan:

Just a deep-rooted cultural norm. Move along, nothing to see here.

Honor killings in Pakistan are often mistakenly described as the product of Islamic law. Some reports on Tuesday described Ms. Parveen as the victim of a stoning — an image that conjures up images of Taliban-era executions of women accused of adultery — because she had been beaten to death with bricks.

But such killings more frequently stem from tribal traditions or deep-rooted cultural norms. The independent Human Rights Commission reported that 869 women were stabbed, shot, beaten or burned to death in honor killings in Pakistan in 2013, usually at the hands of close family. The attacks have a variety of names in different languages, but are usually referred to as “black work,” a reference to the culturally unacceptable practice of marrying without familial consent.

But hey, let’s not be judgmental or lest we be accused of Islamophobia or something.

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