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A pregnant 25-year-old was stoned to death by her own family in a so-called “honour” killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.
Farzana Iqbal was attacked outside the Lahore High Court building on Tuesday, Pakistan’s daily newspaper Dawn reported.
She had been engaged to her cousin but married Mohammad Iqbal instead, senior police officer Umer Cheema said.
Her family had filed a kidnapping case against him, prompting Iqbal, who was three-months-pregnant, to attend the court to argue she had married of her own free will.
Iqbal’s father, two brothers and former fiancé are reported to have been among the attackers. Allegedly all but her father fled the scene.
According to Reuters he admitted killing his daughter, explaining it was a matter of honour.
Iqbal died of head injuries after being struck repeatedly with bricks retrieved from a nearby construction site.
Her husband told the Associated Press: “We were in love”.
Police spokesman Rana Akhat told AFP some 28 to 30 people attacked Iqbal.
She added: “The brother first opened fire with a gun but missed. She tried to run away but fell down.
“The relatives caught her and beat her to death with bricks.”
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said that in 2011, 943 women were killed for apparently causing shame to their families, the Telegraph reported.
The figure is an increase of more than 100 in 2010.
Noor Basra and Noor Sheza, aged 15 and 16, died in July when five masked men burst into their home in the northern Pakistan region of Gilgit and began firing. Their mother Noshehra was also killed in the attack.
Police believe the girls’ stepbrother Khutore interpreted the video as “an assault on the honour of his family” and tried to “restore the family’s honour” by killing them.
In 2012 a Pakistani couple admitted killing their 15-year-old daughter because she "looked at a boy".
The girl's father told the BBC they flung acid at her because they feared her act would bring dishonour on the family.
He said: "There was a boy who came by on a motorcycle. She (Anusha) turned to look at him twice. I told her not to do that, it's wrong."
Her mother recounted: "She said 'I didn't do it on purpose. I won't look again'. By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way."