There is no justice in Pakistan. There is no humanity in Pakistan. That is this writer's conclusion after reading the tale of a three-month pregnant woman, Farzana Parveen, 25, who was stoned to death Tuesday outside of a high court in Lahore, Pakistan.
Why was she brutally killed in such a way? For marrying a man she loved. Who carried out the stoning? Her family members.
The murderous mob included the woman's father and brother. Almost 20 members of the woman's family beat Farzana by throwing bricks and hitting her with batons. The murder happened in broad daylight while people looked on, outside of the high court.
The murder of women for breaking cultural or family, unofficial rules about relationships is not rare in Pakistan. However such a public killing, and stoning, is more unusual these days.
Farzan married Mohammad Iqbal 45, after being engaged to him for some time. The family however had not given permission for the marriage to take place. That was the issue which led to her murder.
The couple were walking toward the court, to register their marriage, when the family mob tried to grab Farzan. When that failed her loving family began to beat her and then threw bricks at her from a local building site.
It is unclear where Iqbal was during this attack. Images posted in news reports online show him in an ambulance with his dead wife. He appears to be unscathed, physically.
The murderous mob however was armed with guns as they fired shots as they tried to snatch Farzan.
The final insult however is that all too often in Pakistan there is no final justice. Farzan's father has been arrested and police have said they will arrest others involved. However many times there is no trial or proper sentencing following such heinous crimes.
This time however the crime has shocked Pakistanis and hopefully it could be different.
The dead woman's father surrendered to police following the murder which he called an honour killing. Few people will see anything honourable about brutally murdering a pregnant woman. Add in the fact she was his daughter, and her only crime was love, and it becomes an act of barbarism.
"The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a private group, said in a report last month that some 869 women were murdered in honour killings in 2013."
More often than not the father pays an assassin to carry out the honour killing. He then forgives and both get off scot free. Calling a despicable murder allows this to happen time and time again.
Opinion: Pakistan and its justice system need to take a huge step out of the dark ages.