Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Police and a defense lawyer say a woman has been stoned to death by her family in front of a Pakistan high court for marrying the man she loves.

Police official Naseem Butt says nearly 20 members of the woman's family attacked her and her husband with sticks and bricks in broad daylight Tuesday before a crowd of onlookers in front of the high court of Lahore.

He says Farzana Parveen, 25, had married Mohammad Iqbal, with whom she had been engaged for years in opposition to her family.

Her lawyer Mustafa Kharal says her father had filed an abduction case against her husband, which the couple was contesting.

Arranged marriages are the norm among conservative Pakistanis, who view marriage for love as a transgression.

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