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Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Lovers stoned to death in honour murder
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More from The Australian's correspondent in Multan.
TWO lovers were tied to trees and stoned to death for adultery by angry relatives in a Pakistani village. Police said the couple, in their early 40s, were killed in a barrage of rocks thrown by relatives of the woman in Donga Bonga village in central Punjab province on Sunday.
"It was a case of honour killing and we have arrested two brothers of the woman,' local police chief Zafar Bokhari said.
Police reached the scene after some villagers heard the cries of the couple and contacted the authorities.
"We saw them sleeping together and we could not tolerate this immoral act and decided to punish them,' the woman's brother, Maqbool, told the police in custody. Mr Mohammad said police were conducting raids to arrest two others relatives who allegedly took part in the killing.
About 4000 people, mostly women, have been killed in deeply conservative rural Pakistan in recent years in the name of protecting family honour in the midst of allegations of illicit sexual relationships.
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Posted on 01/30/2007 3:25 PM by Esmerelda WEatherwax
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