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Iranians are in shock on Tuesday, February 8, after a man beheads his 17-year-old wife and parades her down the street. A video uploaded to the internet has shaken consciences in the country.
Iranian man beheads his 17-year-old wife
The broadcasting in Iran of a viral video of a man showing in the street the head of his young wife whom he had just beheaded aroused, on Tuesday, February 8, shock and indignation in the country.
Beheaded by her husband
Suspected of adultery, Mona Heidari, 17, was murdered on Sunday by her husband and brother-in-law in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province in the southwest of the country, the Isna news agency reported.
The video of the husband parading down the street smiling with his victim’s head appeared on the Iranian web shortly afterward, shocking the country.
On Monday, the two men were arrested by the police “during a raid on their hideout,” the local police announced, as quoted by Isna news agency. announced local police, quoted by the official Irna news agency.
“A human being was decapitated, his head was displayed in the streets and the murderer was proud of it. How can we accept such a tragedy? We must act so that feminicides do not happen again “, launched the reformist daily Sazandegi.
Married at 12
“Mona was the victim of devastating ignorance. We are all responsible for this crime “, protested feminist filmmaker Tahmineh Milani on Instagram.
Reacting to the tragedy, several human rights advocates urged the authorities to reform the law on the protection of women against domestic violence and raise the minimum age of marriage for girls, currently set at 13.
According to local media, the victim was only 12 years old when she married and was the mother of a 3-year-old child when she died.
For lawyer Ali Mojtahedzadeh, quoted by the reformist Shargh newspaper, the law has “loopholes” in terms of protecting women. It does not grant them independence and does not “rationally determine the legal age of marriage in order to put an end to child marriage. ”
All this “paves the way for honor killings.” , he laments.
“There are no concrete measures to ensure the implementation of laws aimed at preventing violence against women, ” said MP Elham Nadaf, quoted by the Ilna news agency.
“Women are calling on Parliament to take urgent measures to fill certain legal gaps and the authorities should strive at the same time to raise the level of awareness of the population, ” , Iranian Vice President in charge of Affairs and Women. families, Ensieh Khazali, stated on Twitter.