Pregnant woman stoned to death for marrying for love

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Lahore: The post-mortem of a Pakistani woman killed for marrying the man she loved has established that she was five months pregnant, her stepson told Reuters. Farzana Iqbal, 25, was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan’s top courts in the city of Lahore in a so-called “honor” killing.

“Her baby died in her womb,” said Muhammad Aurangzeb, a son of her previous husband.

Honor killings are common in Pakistan, where women are often denied their basic rights. But the brutality of this case caused outrage around the world.

Police said her father, two brothers and a former fiance were among the attackers. She suffered severe head injuries when they surrounded her and threw bricks at her, and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Iqbal had been engaged to her cousin but married another man, police said. Her family had registered a kidnapping case against him and she had come to court to argue that she had married of her own free will.