Pakistan:In an apparent ‘honour killing’ a 25-year-old pregnant woman was stoned to death by her own family at the gate of Lahore High Court in Pakistan Tuesday for marrying the man of her choice.
According to Police,Farzana Parveen, resident of Faisalabad, had married Mohammad Iqbal of Jaranwala a few months ago against the wishes of her family.
Nearly 20 people attacked at both husband and wife in broad daylight before a crowd of people and in the presence of security guards and and husband says police watched the attack silently.Farzana, who was three-months pregnant, died while her husband managed to escape.
Today Thursday,29 May,2014,Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took notice of the murder of 25-year-old pregnant woman for honour killing in front of Lahore High Court and has ordered an inquiry into why the police apparently stood by during the whole incident.
Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD along with his team of LEAD consisting Farazana Sardar,coordinator of women Rights,Aric John Advocate,legal Advisor, Sayhoon Eric,Media coordinator and Qaiser Younas ,Court Clerk were present in the Lahore High Court when this incident happened because of the appeal hearing of death convicted Christian Asia Bibi which was cancelled for unexpectedly.
A forced marriage are also occurring because individuals are being forced, coerced, threatened, or tricked to marry without their informed consent and they are forced to get married with old age men.
LEAD helps girls ,by taking life risks,who come directly to us seeking assistance in fleeing situations of forced marriage.We have had great success in referring each of them to appropriate favour and helping them attain safety and providing them free legal assistance.
Recently a leading one Hindu parliamentarian in Pakistan demanded a legislation against forced conversion of girls from the religious minority community on the pretext of marriage.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is also the patron of the Pakistan Hindu Council asked the CII to formulate effective laws to discourage the forced conversion of Religious Minorities girls on the pretext of marriage.
The true scale of these three problems is likely to be much greater , as a number of cases are never being reported.