Iran girl, 13, beheaded by father in 'honour killing'

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2020

The first image of Romina that went around the world this week showed her standing next to a pot of flowers with a pastel green headscarf on. The father used a sickle to cut the head of his daughter from the back of her neck. The Ebtekar newspaper opened with the news on the front page, underlining the climate of violence and "insecurity" within the family.

The legal marriage age in Iran is 13 for women.

She wrote: 'Shame on Islamic Republic state media for covering Romina's hair by photoshop. The appointed authority chose to hand her over to her father.

Iran girl, 13, beheaded by father in 'honour killing'

As well as this, the victim's name was shared more than 50,000 times on Twitter by furious users protesting Iran's honour killings.

Alinejad has herself been the target of regime attacks in the past, and her brother is now in jail in Iran.

Following Romina's death, Iran's president urged his Cabinet to speed up harsher laws in so-called honour killings.

The teenage girl initially fled the family home with a 35-year-old man she had fallen in love with after her father disagreed to allow them to get married, Iran International TV said.

But both of their families contacted authorities, leading security forces to conduct a five-day hunt before detaining the couple and taking Romina home.

In 2014, a Tehran police official reported that 20 percent of all murders in the country were "honor" killings.

District Governor Kajem Rajmi mentioned the woman's father has been stored in custody and the investigation into the case is on.

There are no government statistics on the number of women and girls who die in honor killings each year in Iran.

If a person is discovered responsible of murdering his daughter, the punishment is between three and 10 years in jail, relatively than the traditional demise sentence or cost of diyeh (blood cash) for homicide instances.

With the farsi hashtag #Romina _Ashrafi concentrating outrage on Twitter, President Hassan Rouhani "expressed his regrets" in a cupboard conference on Wednesday, advocating the rapid passing away of numerous anti-violence expenses, his workplace stated. Vice-President Masoumeh Ebtekar then added that a law for the protection of minors is in the "final phase" of evaluation by the Council of Guardians of the Constitution.

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