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.