14-year-old Iranian girl beheaded by father in "honor killing," sparking outrage

by Bryan Brammer · May 28th, 2020 5:10 pm

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A 14-year-old Iranian girl was beheaded by her father last week after she ran away with a 34-year-old man. The honor killing has generated international outrage.

Romina Ashrafi, 14, ran away from her home in Iran's Gilan province with 34-year old Bahamn Khavari after her father, Reza Ashrafi, objected to their marriage.

Local police found the pair five days later and escorted Romina Ashrafi back to her family despite warnings that her life would be in danger if she returned home.

While Ashrafi was asleep, her father used a sickle to cut off her head, according to reports. He confessed to the crime and is now in police custody.

The brutal murder is being described as an "honor killing," a behavior prevalent among orthodox Muslim societies in which relatives kill family members who they believe disgraced the family name.

The killing has sparked outrage. The United Nations Children's Fund said it was "deeply saddened" to hear of the killing.

"All children in Iran — every girl and every boy — should be protected at all times against all forms of violence," the UNICEF said in a statement. "UNICEF confirms its support to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to put an end to all forms of violence against children in the country so that all children grow up protected and safe."

On Wednesday, Iran President Hassan Rouhani called for stricter laws on honor killings. Iran's vice president of family affairs told The Associated Press that he hopes the president's bill invoking harsher punishments gets approved.


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