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'Honor killing': Pakistani woman stoned to death by family for marrying man she loved

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A Pakistani woman who married a man she loved has been stoned to death by her family, according to the Associated Press.

Farzana Parveen, 25, married Mohammad Iqbal against her family’s wishes, and so they attacked the couple outside a court building in Lahore with bricks, according to a police official.

“We were in love,” Iqbal told the AP. “I simply took her to court and registered a marriage.”

The couple went to court that day to register the marriage and for Parveen to give a statement regarding her father's allegations that Iqbal had abducted her.

Parveen’s family waited outside the court for the couple to arrive. They fired into the air and attempted to grab Parveen from Iqbal. She resisted, so they killed her.

Parveen, who was three months pregnant, was killed.

“Honor killings” such as this are a regular occurrence in Pakistan, with 869 women being killed in the name of honor in 2013, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Killing in the name of honor is supposed to be treated like murder, however, it is often ignored.

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