Disobeying an arranged marriage and marrying ‘for love’ is viewed as a sin in Pakistan. But that didn’t stop Farzana Parveen, 25, from marrying Mohammad Iqbal, a man she had been engaged to for years, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Parveen’s father had filed an abduction case against her and, according to her lawyer, they were fighting it in court.
Around 20 members of Parveen’s family waited on her in front the high court in Lahore, reported the Belfast Telegraph, and when she arrived they fired shots in the air tried to take her away from her husband.
When she resisted her father, brothers, and other family members stoned and beat her to death with bricks from a nearby construction site.
Her husband explained that he was in love with Farzana:
Mr Iqbal, 45, said he started seeing Ms Parveen after the death of his first wife, with whom he had five children.
“We were in love,” he told the Associated Press. He alleged that the woman’s family wanted to fleece money from him before marrying her off.
“I simply took her to court and registered a marriage,” infuriating the family, he said.
The father, who surrendered himself to police, called it an honor killing.