beheaded by her own father in a brutal ‘honor-killing’ in Iran while she was
sleeping. Romina Ashrafi was killed with a farming sickle after fleeing her
family home with a 34-year-old man after her father expressed outrage at their
plans to get married.
family home with a 35-year-old man she had fallen in love with after her father
had refused to allow her to marry, Iran International TV said.
the police after their families lodged charges. Romina returned home following
‘repeated reminders’ that she feared for her life until her father reportedly
killed her with a sickle on May 21.
allegedly handed himself in and admitted to the murder, while still holding the
reported that the girl’s father is being held in detention and an investigation
of the case is underway. Speaking to local media, the governor added that
“the details of this case will be made public after the legal process has
that Romina’s father will escape death penalty because he was Romina’s
‘guardian’, and Islamic Penal Code means he is exempt from ‘qisas’, or
‘retaliation in kind.’
owners’ and immediate family members are allowed to demand execution for the
murder of a relative.
a senior editor at Iran International, said: ‘Every year in Iran, women, and
girls are killed by their male relatives under the guise of defending their
honour, but the nature of Romina Ashrafi’s murder is one that has shocked the
country and the rest of the world.’