Pregnant Pakistani Woman Beaten to Death

    Mohammad Iqbal sits next to his wife Farzana's body, who was killed by family members, in an ambulance outside of a morgue in Lahore May 27, 2014. Farzana Iqbal, 25, was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan's top courts on Tuesday in a so-called "honour" killing for marrying the man she loved, police said. Iqbal was waiting for the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza   (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTR3R3IN

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    A 25-year-old pregnant woman was beaten to death Tuesday by her family for marrying against the family’s wishes. The “honor killing” of Farzana Parveen took place outside Lahore’s high court building. The killing unfolded in a truly horrifying manner. According to witnesses, first one of her brothers tried to shoot her, and then he and the rest of her male family members attacked and beat her to death with bricks and blunt objects. Throughout the beating, her father just looked on, as did members of the public.  Policemen were reportedly part of the groups that stood by and did nothing. Parveen was due in court in a case brought against her by her family. She had married a man named Muhammed Iqbal, instead of one of her own cousins, who was chosen by her family. Roughly 1,000 women a year are killed in “honor killings” in Pakistan.

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