Woman stoned to death: Pakistan arrests 4 suspects
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police on Friday said that they have
arrested four more people in connection with the killing of a pregnant woman
who was beaten and stoned to death by her family for marrying without their
The police arrested the four men late on Thursday from their
village in the Nankana district, said Nayab Haider Rizvi, the police spokesman
in Lahore. Police have already arrested the woman’s father and said that he has
confessed to the killing. They are looking for two of her brothers.
The 25-year-old was on her way to court with her husband on
Tuesday when they were attacked by a group of her relatives who objected to her
marriage. During the assault she was hit on the head with bricks from a nearby
construction site and died.
The shocking case has focused attention on violence against
women in Pakistan as well as the country’s legal system.
Hundreds of women in conservative, Muslim-majority Pakistan are
murdered each year in so-called “honour killings” by their husbands or male
relatives over alleged sexual transgressions seen as bringing shame to the
family. Activists say those who commit such crimes are often acquitted or given
In a strange twist, authorities on Thursday said that the
woman's husband, Mohammad Iqbal, was accused of killing his first wife in 2009.
But authorities and the man's relatives said the case was dropped after he was
forgiven by the woman's family.
Under Pakistani law, those charged with a slaying can see their
criminal case dropped if family members of the deceased forgive them or accept
so-called "blood money".
On Friday, Iqbal threatened to commit suicide if the killers of
his second wife are not brought to justice. “I have said to reporters that if I
don’t get justice for the murder of my unborn child and wife, I will do
self-immolation at the very same place where my wife was killed and will go
from this world,” he told AP Television News.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the fatal stoning and
demanded authorities take action to find all the culprits.