LAHORE, PAKISTAN – Normally a wedding and pregnancy are causes for celebration, but one Pakistani woman’s marriage recently became a death sentence.
25-year-old Farzana Iqbal was stoned to death because she married the man she loved instead of the man her family chose. Even worse – the attackers included her own father and brothers.
Unfortunately she’s not alone.
Over 1,000 Pakistani women are killed every year in similar so-called “honor killings.” They call this “honor”? Really?
“There is a culture of impunity and as a result of that people feel free and they can commit such acts outside the courts of justice,” human rights activist Farzana Bari said.
Some are killed over things as petty as owning a mobile phone or glancing at a man on the street.
“It is a cultural form of violence which is quite prevalent in certain parts of Pakistan,” Bari said.
Makes you feel grateful for the freedoms we have here in the U.S.A., doesn’t it?