Thursday, February 10, 2022

Honor killing

The crime was reportedly an 'honor killing'

An appalling video reportedly shared on social media, showing a smiling Iranian husband parading the severed head of his 17-year-old wife through the streets, is causing shock and outrage in the country and abroad.

The footage, obtained by the New York Post, reportedly shows Sajjad Heydari grinning as he strolled through a neighborhood in Ahvaz, a city in southwestern Iran, on Saturday, Feb. 5, with his wife Mona Heydari’s head in one hand and a bloodied blade in the other.

The incident was first reported by the state-run ROKNA news agency, according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The news agency was reportedly shut down after publishing the news and the accompanying video.

The committee said Mona Heydari was forced to marry Sajjad Heydari, who is also her cousin, when she was 12 years old. She reportedly suffered constant domestic abuse and often sought a divorce or an escape from her home. Each time, however, her family persuaded her to return for the sake of her 3-year-old child.

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