In a shocking case of honour violence Farzana Parveen, 30 was murdered outside a court room in Lahore with police and members of the public looking on. It was alleged that her family were angered at her decision to marry Muhummed Iqbal without their approval and claimed that she had been kidnapped and coerced into marriage. She was killed just before the hearing in which Farzana was due to testify against her father’s assertion. In an attack which lasted roughly 15 minutes and during which none of the onlookers attempted to intervene, about a dozen of Farzana’s family members became engaged with a scuffle with members of Iqbal’s family. During the course of the attack Farzana was beaten with bricks and killed. Her husband managed to escape. Farazana was pregnant at the time.
It later transpired that Iqbal had smothered his first wife six years earlier so that he could marry Farzana. He told Agence France-Presse “I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love.” Instead of being sentenced for murder, he was released after a ‘compromise’ with the family indicating the sad leniency and disregard in which the murder was held.
Four of the assailants, including her father have been sentenced to death, though many have commented that it is likely that their sentences will be reduced on appeal.