Story of Stoned Pakistani Woman Gets Worse

In case you didn’t think the story of the pregnant woman who was stoned to death by her family for marrying someone they didn’t approve of, think again. Turns out the guy she married killed his first wife so he could marry her and got virtually no punishment for it.

The husband of Farzana Parveen, the Pakistani woman stoned to death for refusing to participate in an arranged marriage, told CNN he killed his first wife so he could marry Parveen.

Authorities said the first wife was killed six years ago.

“I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife,” Mohammad Iqbal said Thursday in an interview with CNN.

Zulfiqar Hameed, district inspector general for the Punjab police, said Iqbal’s son from the first marriage alerted police to the slaying six years ago.

Iqbal was arrested but later released on bail because his son forgave him, Hameed said.

The son, Aurengzeb, who is in his 20s, confirmed his father’s statements to CNN. He said his father served a year in jail.

But this is Pakistan, where women are nothing but chattel, so you can kill them and just get a slap on the wrist. And yes, the story gets even worse. This same family also killed the victim’s sister in a separate incident. It’s hard to imagine how this story could get any worse. The state appears ready to prosecute, but I doubt they’ll get a harsh sentence if convicted.

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  • bjarndoolaeghe

    Well it’s very obviously the women’s fault. They must have showed an ankle.

  • jba55

    So why exactly are we not offering asylum to any and every Pakistani woman? Seems like these kinds of laws would justify it, although admittedly I know virtually nothing about asylum law. But how would they not qualify as refugees or something if they wanted out?

  • David Marjanović

    Huh. I don’t know about Pakistan, but under sharia divorce is extremely easy for a man – it’s not like Catholicism where murder is usually the only way out.

  • http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/ Quodlibet

    And it astounds me that so many people will decry the murderous misogyny that is allowed and encouraged in fundamental Islamist societies, but not see the parallels to the murderous misogyny that is nurtured in American culture, as demonstrated by the mass murders committeed in Isla Vista several days ago.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Sometimes, people make me sad.

  • vicvanity

    they keep doing the whole getting stoned thing wrong .. after all shouldn’t we all just smoke a bong

  • Olav

    David Marjanović #3:

    I don’t know about Pakistan, but under sharia divorce is extremely easy for a man

    Depends on which interpretation of sharia. It is not as if there is a single lawbook that has “Sharia” on the cover and that is accepted by all Muslims.

    And with regard to Pakistan: its legal system (the official version) is extremely complex, chaotic and convoluted. It is truly a mess. There is British Common Law mixed with different elements of sharia competing with systems of tribal law. Then there is the personal politics of judges who can be surprisingly reasonable and well educated, or terribly backward. Or just for sale, of course the corruption is breathtaking. There is no telling generally to which standard a person will be held if they have to appear before court. The state is weak and cannot ensure that the law of the land is applied uniformly in all courts. Besides the national government is too busy robbing the country and suppressing threats to their positions. This is what a failed state looks like.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Someone explain to me why, this being Pakistan and all, he couldn’t simply marry the second woman and have two wives?

  • http://adventuresinzymology.blogspot.com JJ831

    “I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife,”

    Wow, for some reason that line hit me extra hard. It’s such a disgusting horrible story, and sadly one that’s all too common it seems. It’s kind of scary, every time i read one of these stories I should have the reaction I had to reading that . But for some reason, I guess I’ve become jaded.

    I think I need to force myself to think about these stories more, until I get the internal reaction I just did.

    Excuse me while I go cry (and give my GF a really big hug)

  • Olav

    D.C. Sessions #8:

    Someone explain to me why, this being Pakistan and all, he couldn’t simply marry the second woman and have two wives?

    Polygamy is permitted in Pakistan, but only with the consent of the wives.

  • http://adventuresinzymology.blogspot.com JJ831

    I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killedmurdered my wife

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions, because the old one would get all in a huff, dishonoring his honor. So really he was just saving time.

  • http://adventuresinzymology.blogspot.com JJ831

    Damnit, use preview next time!!!! killed murdered, it should say

  • anbheal

    Hey Modus, you are the single funniest member of the commentariat, here and elsewhere, and I’m only JV2 compared to your varsity when I try to be quippy, but I think your first comment trumps your second. Sometimes it’s too sad to bother with the funny shit.

  • leni

    Someone alert GirlWritesWhat. A woman in Pakistan married a murderer when her family clearly knew better. She didn’t uphold her end of the getting sold to people bargain, yet she still expected not to be murdered by her own family.

    Female privilege strikes again.

    Ugh. I have to wonder how bad the cousin was that she opted for a wife-murderer instead.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    anbheal, I hardly think I am the type to make a comment, much less two. Two would be gauche.

  • xxxxxx

    ….but Islam is a religion of peace….except when it isn’t.

  • D. C. Sessions

    ….but Islam is a religion of peace….except when it isn’t.

    Nothing so peaceful as dead women. The live ones are noisy and demanding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josef.mulroney Josef Mulroney

    “I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife,”

    what a brilliant (and romantic) way to propose marriage.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Can’t the world do something to stop this kind of atrocity?

    Lost for words. Sick, evil, fucked up Islamic culture.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    .. Is so much an understatement.

    Innocent women being murdered every day, street children abused by a culture of pedophilia that’s widely accepted as a ’4 corners’ episode showed a few months ago. A culture that adores terrorists and yet takes Western money and sheltered Bin Laden for a decade whilst pretending to be a Western ally.

    Isn’t it time we did something to change Pakistan and prevent this sort of shit?

    How long do we look the other way and let this evil go on?

    I don’t know what we can do but I don’t think nothing,sitting back and taking it, can be the answer anymore.

  • =8)-DX

    It would be interesting to see the Pakistani reaction to all this. I’d wager a penny that there are a lot of people over there who are also outraged and disgusted by all this.

  • Olav

    Stevo: #21:

    A culture that adores terrorists and yet takes Western money and sheltered Bin Laden for a decade whilst pretending to be a Western ally.

    There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I don’t even know where to start. It’s as if you think history only begins at 9/11 or something.

    Isn’t it time we did something to change Pakistan and prevent this sort of shit?

    Here, again, I shudder to think what you would propose to do. Because you seem to have a case of The White Man’s Burden. That usually leads to slaughter.

    To change Pakistan is a responsibility and a job for the people of Pakistan themselves. If a clear majority of them wants your help in some limited way, fine. Otherwise just stay the fuck out of there. America has, since the beginning of the Cold War, already done more than enough to “help” destabilise and radicalise Pakistan.

  • Olav

    =8)-DX #22:

    It would be interesting to see the Pakistani reaction to all this. I’d wager a penny that there are a lot of people over there who are also outraged and disgusted by all this.

    This case is certainly in the news in Pakistan, suggesting it is not an ordinary occurence. Of course opinion is all over the place. I found this commentary nuanced and interesting:

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014/06/03/comment/honour-killing-in-lahore-condemning-versus-finding-solutions/

  • iangould

    “Ugh. I have to wonder how bad the cousin was that she opted for a wife-murderer instead.”

    She probably thought she could change him or that he was just misunderstood – or any of the other rationalizations used by women in western countries who enter into or stay in relationships with abusive men.

  • iangould

    “….but Islam is a religion of peace….except when it isn’t.”

    Because you’d never see Christians doing this sort of shit.

    Except, of course, you do.

    Honor killing is most prevalent in South Asia, where it occurs in India and Sri Lanka just as frequently (allowing for population size) as in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    But westerners haven’t spent the past couple of decades justifying the mass murder of Hindus or Buddhists so let’s overlook that.

  • freehand

    iangould: “Ugh. I have to wonder how bad the cousin was that she opted for a wife-murderer instead.”

    .

    She probably thought she could change him or that he was just misunderstood – or any of the other rationalizations used by women in western countries who enter into or stay in relationships with abusive men.

    .

    While much of the same psychodynamics are likely going on in woman-abusive families in either country, I would point out that in Pakistan it’s much more likely that the woman is seriously constrained by circumstances. There probably aren’t many safe houses available for abused women, or education programs in school telling girls how to seek and find help. I imagine some of them at least know just how badly they are mistreated and are simply trying to find the safest route through life.

  • Synfandel

    But this is Pakistan, where women are nothing but chattel,…

    Pardon my pedantry. If we don’t nip this one in the bud, it will become standard English.

    The plural of ‘chattel’ is ‘chattels’. People often erroneously use ‘chattel’ as the plural form, because it sounds similar to ‘cattle’, which is plural but unrelated. Chattels are personal possessions.

    I feel much better now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cosmicaug augustpamplona

    Josef Mulroney writes:

    “I wanted to send a proposal to Farzana, so I killed my wife,”

    what a brilliant (and romantic) way to propose marriage.

    It’s just begging to be turned into a romantic comedy, I tell you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cosmicaug augustpamplona

    Here’s another one. Left for dead but survived:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/video/?videoid=3608571859001


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