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Iranian ​husband beheads teenage wife, authorities say, shocking the country

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Tehran, Iran CNN–

The beheading of a 17- year-old woman, apparently by her spouse, in western Iran’s Khuzestan province recently has when again raised issue over the nation’s laws around murder and gender-based violence.

Iran’s main Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) described the supposed murder as an “ honor killing

A video started flowing revealing the hubby, Sajjad Heydari, strolling in the provincial capital of Ahvaz while smiling and bring his spouse’s severed head, IRNA reported. Regional authorities have actually verified that commonly shared images that claim to be Heydari are from the exact same event, a source with understanding of the declarations informed CNN.

The video, seen by CNN, revealed Heydari holding a knife in one hand and the woman’s head in another.

CNN has actually not had the ability to reach Heydari or his household, and it is uncertain whether he has a lawyer. In an interview released in Iran’s semiofficial Fars news firm, Sajjad’s mom is estimated as stating her child had actually threatened to eliminate his spouse formerly, and was accountable for her killing.

The lady, who has actually been recognized as “Mona” by IRNA, and as “Ghazal” by Fars– who apparently consulted with the hubby’s household– had actually left to Turkey 4 months prior to being encouraged to go back to Iran by her dad, according to an interview with the woman’s mother-in-law, released on Fars.

The woman was 12 years of ages at the time of her marital relationship to Heydari, according to IRNA.

In an interview with the lady’s dad, released Tuesday in Fars, he is estimated as stating that he had actually gotten a legal certificate permitting his child to be wed. The minimum age of marital relationship in Iran is 13 for ladies and 15 for young boys. CNN has actually been not able to verify Sajjad Heydari’s age.

She returned from Turkey on Friday, according to Fars, and was eliminated right after.

Heydari was detained, in addition to his sibling, who presumably assisted him devote the criminal activity, district attorney Abbas Hosseini Pouya informed Fars.

“The implicated will absolutely be handled significantly,” Pouya informed Fars.

Those who released and shared the video might likewise deal with arrest, Pouya stated.

The occurrence has actually triggered Iran’s federal government to press forward an evaluation of a draft law that intends to safeguard females versus domestic violence, Ensieh Khazali, the vice president for Women’s and Family Affairs, a cabinet-level position, stated in a tweet, according to IRNA.

“The judiciary is identified to cause the most serious penalty on( the killer and a presumed accomplice) in accordance with the law,” Khazali stated.

For years, Iranian ladies’s rights activists have actually campaigned for such a law to avoid “violence versus females and prosecute their abusers,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in 2020

The draft law has “a variety of favorable arrangements” HRW stated, consisting of the production of limiting orders and the development of a committee to “prepare techniques and coordinate federal government actions to violence versus females.”

The law would likewise need prejudicial mediation in domestic disagreement s that include a daddy or an other half.

But the law still “disappoints global requirements,” HRW stated, including that it “does not criminalize some kinds of gender-based violence, such as marital rape and kid marital relationship.”

Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran( ICHRI), stated that “the beheaded kid bride-to-be … may be alive today if Iran’s federal government had actually enacted laws versus the terrible practice of kid marital relationship, and defenses versus domestic violence.”

The criminal activity comes just 2 years after another high profile “honor killing,” in which a 14- year-old was apparently eliminated by her dad with a sickle after she escaped from her household house in northern Iran’s Talesh County with a 29- year-old male.

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