ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a court has indicted five relatives accused of stoning to death a pregnant woman for marrying against the family’s wishes.
Investigator Mian Zulfiqar said Sunday the woman’s father, two brothers, a cousin and ex-husband have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and torture.
Farzana Parveen, 25, was killed May 27 before a crowd of onlookers near a downtown courthouse in the eastern city of Lahore.
The case has brought international attention to violence against women in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where hundreds of women are killed by relatives each year in so-called “honor killings” after allegedly bringing shame to their families through sexual transgressions.
The investigator says the trial will begin on Monday when the court has called on prosecution witnesses to appear.