Farzana Parveen, a pregnant 25-year-old Pakistani woman, was stoned to death in a so-called "honor killing" outside of the high court in Lahore on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved, against her family's wishes (BBC, ET, Post, NYT, VOA). Parveen had been engaged to marry to her cousin, but married another man instead. Mustafa Kharal, Parveen's lawyer, told reporters that her father had filed an abduction case against her husband, which the couple was contesting. As they arrived at the courthouse for a hearing, nearly 20 members of her family attacked them with bricks. Parveen, who was three months pregnant, died of her injuries at a local hospital. All of the suspects in the stoning, except her father, escaped.
The Aurat Foundation, a Pakistani human rights organization, estimates that around 1,000 Pakistani women are killed by their families every year in similar honor killings, but since the foundation only compiles its figures from newspaper reports, Reuters noted that number is likely far greater (Reuters).