Out From Under the Umbrella

playing in the rain



Not that kind.  If only.

This is the story of a 25 year-old woman who was three months pregnant being stoned to death by her own family for marrying someone without consent from her father.

Pregnant Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family

Particularly chilling is her father’s admission upon arrest for the killing:

Parveen’s father surrendered after the attack and called his daughter’s murder an “honor killing,” Butt said.

“I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it,” Mujahid, the police investigator, quoted the father as saying.

This is the 21st century, people.  Her family, upon being rebuffed at the courthouse steps, fired shots, then beat her with their fists, then picked up bricks from a nearby construction site and pummeled her to death with them.

Why?  Because she was a possession to be bartered.  Her husband did not pay her family for her.  I’m sure her father could have gotten a handsome price for her.  Unbelievable!

Even in societies where children and wives are considered property one would think that they would be valued as prized possessions, not disposable goods.