Honor Related Violence (Iran)

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Iranian Penal Code

Article 220 of the Iranian Criminal Code states: “If a father –or his male ancestors– kill their children, they will not be prosecuted for murder."
Likewise, article 1179 of the Civil Code states, “Parents have the right to punish their children within the limits prescribed by law.”

Arezoo, killed, February, 2006

A young woman/girl named "Arezoo" from village of Maziben who had relocated briefly to Iraqi Kurdistan to live with her husband, returned to her village only to be murdered by her own 2 brothers. The reason for Arezoo's murder was "namoos" or honor killing.
'Honor' Killing of a Iranian Kurd
The International Campaign Against Honour Killing, February 17, 2006

Samieh, stoned to death, February 2008

Save Delara reports that a 14-year-old girl was stoned to death by her father a few days ago in the south-eastern Iranian city of Zahedan.

The young girl’s murder was reported to the authorities by her mother, who stated that her husband, Sharif, “is a suspicious and cruel man who abused me and my daughter. He was particularly harsh on Samieh, my 14 year old daughter, until he finally found an excuse to take her out of the house and to an undisclosed location.”

Upon his arrest, the father provided a chilling account of the cold-blooded murder of his own daughter.

"After a while, I became fully convinced that Samieh is having relations with a man. I perceived my honor to have been damaged, and tolerating such a condition and remaining silent was like death to me. So I decided to kill Samieh and rid myself of this shame. In this context, I had to make a decision about how I should kill Samieh and save myself from such disgrace. I had to choose a method for killing my daughter that would fit her wrongdoing. Finally, I became convinced that I should stone her to death, but because I could not personally carry out the execution by myself, I sought the assistance of my friend, Ghafoor. When he learned about my problem, he accepted to help me kill Samieh to wash the stain of disgrace from my family. Ghafoor contacted a few other people and established the time and place to carry out the act. On the day of the incident, I forcefully took my daughter out of the house and dragged her to the outskirts of Holoor. She was terrified during the whole trip, and while she realized that she is about to face a horrifying fate, she was not sure of the punishment that I had planned for her. When we reached the planned destination, I threw my daughter on the ground and we began to stone her. Samieh kept screaming and pleaded and begged for her life. But, in order to restore my honor and return myself to a respectable life, I had no choice but to kill her. Then I fled/"
Father Stones 14 Year Old Daughter to Death
Kawthar, Mideast Youth, February 20, 2008

Young girl, beaten and buried alive, May 2008

On May 6, the state run Iranian news agency Fars reported about a girl who had been buried alive by her father in Tehran. It was because she was a drug addict. The father has first beaten her up and then buried her while she was still alive in a grave. The girl was saved by the people passing by and transferred to the hospital.

Farzanah, smothered to death, May 7, 2008

A man identified as Ahmad (53) killed his 17 years old daughter, identified as Farzaneh, on May 7, in the central city Isfahan, reported several Iranian newspapers.

Farzaneh was kidnapped earlier and was held captive by her brother-in-law, for ten days, the father told reporters. In order to save the family’s honor, he then decided to take her life.

“After talking to Farzaneh, she said that she would rather die,” Said Ahmad.

The 53 years old man told a more detailed version of the story to the reporters later.

"Seven months ago, Saeed married my older daughter. After a while he started showing lack of interest towards her. He instead wanted to marry my younger daughter Farzaneh. I didn’t accept that. After divorcing my older daughter Saeed continued showing interest for Farzaneh. Finally he kidnapped her and stayed with her for 10 days. We tried to solve the problem without involving the authorities, but had to contact the police who arrested Saeed and Farzaneh. On Tuesday (May 6.) we brought Farzaneh home from custody. First I beat her up. She just cried and apologized for what had happened. I felt pity for her but couldn’t free myself from anxiety of losing my honor. Tuesday night I sat by Farzaneh and told her that one of us had to die to save the families honor. She kissed my forehead and said if someone had to die it must be her. On my request, that night Farzaneh slept in a room downstairs. I had decided to put an end to her life. Everyone in the family knew what was going to happen. During the night I sat several times by her bed and looked at her innocent face. At the time of morning prayer I woke her and her sister up. We talked for the last time and I repeated to her that one of us could live. She laid down and volunteered to die. She kissed my face for the last time and I said good bye to her. I put her hands into her sister’s hands and put a plastic bag on her face. She didn’t show any resistance. We had decided to show it as a suicide. But later we contacted the police and told them the story."

H. Laleh, killed, January 5, 2009

A woman living in a village near Saghez was killed by her husband after being forced into the marriage. On January 5th, in Souteh, a village near Saghez, a woman named H. Laleh was killed by her husband. She was reportedly forced into this marriage, and following tensions in the marriage over this issue, she was killed by her husband. Her husband and his family claim that she has committed suicide. The police, however, have detained her husband as the primary suspect.