Honor mutilation. From Reuters, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
MULTAN, Pakistan – Armed men cut off the ears and nose of a Pakistani man who married one of their tribe for love after he and his family refused to hand over his wife, police said on Wednesday.
The attackers also chopped the ears off the man’s brother and severed his mother’s hand in the latest “honor” crime to hit Pakistan’s conservative rural areas.
Such crimes, including killings, are common in areas where marriages without the consent of girls” families are still taboo under centuries-old tribal and feudal traditions.
Mohammad Iqbal’s wife, Shehnaz, was not at home when about 15 armed members of her clan attacked in the central city of Multan on Tuesday, demanding she be turned over.
“The assailants, who were armed with small arms, daggers and axes, tortured Iqbal and cut off his ears and nose when he refused to produce Shenhaz,” Naeem-ul-Hassan, a deputy superintendent of police, told Reuters….