*(Reuters) - A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan’s top courts on Tuesday in a so-called “honor” killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.
Farzana 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.
Her father, two brothers and former fiance were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.
All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of honor. Many Pakistani families think a woman marrying her own choice of man brings dishonor on the family…*
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We like to say that it’s the *other *religions that do this…or the extremists who do this.
But it was not long ago when this happened closer to home.
What actions could possibly put you to death/stoning in the old days? A quick scan of Leviticus, Deuteronomy et al, says:
Adultery, lying about virginity, a disobedient child, practicing magic, cursing your parents, being an uncircumcised male, not keeping the Sabbath…etc, etc…
Not marrying the man your parents arranged for you, like this young woman who was stoned to death yesterday, probably came under the “disobedient” category.