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Friday, May 30, 2014

I killed my first wife, stoned Pakistani woman's husband says


The husband of a pregnant Pakistani stoned to death by her family admitted yesterday that he had murdered his first wife giving a new twist to the family drama that became known around the world. 
Farzana Iqbal, 25, was killed on Tuesday by her family under the impassive gaze of police in front of the court of Lahore, capital of Punjab province. Her family accused her of "dishonor", because against their will she married Mohammad Iqbal, a 45 year old farmer in a country where marriages are usually arranged. Yesterday, however, her husband admitted to AFP that he murdered his first wife, because he "loved" Farzana: "I was in love with Farzana and because of this love I killed my first wife by hanging her".

The couple's son had filed a lawsuit against his father at the time, but then forgave him after he gave an amount as "the price of blood". Once his son forgave him, he was released. "He killed his first wife six years ago. He was arrested and then released after reconciled with her family" was confirmed to AFP by Zulfikar Hamid, a police official investigating the death of Farzana.

He then persuaded Farzana to marry him. Initially the family had accepted the marriage after they got dowry, but then asked for more money, which he refused to give, according to him. The couple eventually got married despite the denial. In parts of Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country of 180 million inhabitants, women are expected to agree on marriages and denial can lead to "honor killings".

Many Pakistani families believe it's disgraceful for a woman to fall in love and choose her husband. Nearly 1,000 women or teenage girls were killed last year because of "dishonor" to their families, according to the National Human Rights Commission, which denounces the "impunity" of the perpetrators of these murders.



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