Roundup of reports on honour-based murders and attempted or suspected murders, March 08
Compiled and translated by Nazaneen Rashid (KWRW)
Edited by Dr Katharine Hodgkin (KWRW)
Peyamner, March 1 2008: The body of a woman was found near Khrabaroot village, Dubz town. Police sources in Dubz town told the Peyamner agency that the body was that of a 30-year-old woman named Sumaya Salim, killed by her relatives because of social problems. There were many bullet wounds in her body. Her body has been sent to the hospital for forensic investigation.
Peyamner, March 3 2008: According to a source in the security forces in Kirkuk, the body of an unknown woman has been discovered in Laylan County. Her age is estimated to be in the thirties, and she has two bullet wounds in her body. Her body was sent to the medical forensic section in Kirkuk general hospital for further investigation.
Peyamner, March 3 2008: In Qaraqush town, Mosel city, a man named Anwar killed his wife Fazila Sabah and injured his daughter Nora following family problems, shooting them both with a Kalashnikov machine gun. When the police arrived at the incident, Fazilaís body was sent to Rezgari hospital in Hawler, and Nora was transferred to Hawler emergency hospital. The killer was arrested, and the investigation is continuing.
Jiyanawa, March 9 2008: On International Womenís Day, March 8, the dead body of a woman was found on the city refuse heap in Tanjarow. Colonel Hushyar Ahmad, the director of the emergency police squad in Sulaimaniya, told Jiyanawa that police went immediately to the refuse heap after having been informed that a body had been found. Apparently the woman had been strangled, then burned on the site so that she could not be identified. The body is said to be that of a girl, aged 15-20 years old.
Peyamner, March 14 2008: Hajara Muhammad Ahmad, a 27-year-old woman from Bna-Slawa town, Hawler city, was killed by her brother because of family problems, Colonel Abdul-Khaleq Talat, the director of Hawler police told Peyamner. Her body was sent to Rezgari hospital and police are investigating the case. No one has been arrested yet.
PUK Media, March 31 2008: Police sources at Raniya General Hospital told PUK Media that a 29-year-old woman was transferred to the hospital suffering from knife injuries to the stomach. The same source said that following their investigation it was clear that she had been stabbed by her husband. The husband has not yet been arrested, as no complaint has been made against him.
Reports of women burned, committing suicide, and other violent incidents
Peyamner, March 2 2008: In Grdjewtyar village, Ankawa town, a 19-year-old girl, Fakhriya Saied, suffered burns in unexplained circumstances. In her statement for police, she said that she caught fire because of a cooker explosion; but according to the relativesí statement, she set herself alight because of a family problem. She was transferred to emergency hospital, where she is in a critical condition owing to the high percentage of burns. The investigation is continuing.
Peyamner, March 11 2008: In Batas village, Harir County, a twenty-year-old girl named only by her initials (Sh. R) set light to herself because of a family problem. She subsequently died as a result of her burns.
Peyamner, March 15 2008: In Azadi district, Hawler city, Baleen Basam, a fifteen-year-old girl, was struck in the chest by two bullets. She was taken to hospital. Baleen told police that she was playing with her fatherís machine gun when it went off unexpectedly and wounded her, and that her family knew nothing about it. The police are not convinced, however, since the bullet wounds indicate that someone else shot her. A dossier on the case has been opened by police.
Peyamner, March 17 2008: Rozhan Muhammad, a 14-year-old girl from Saydan Village, Bahraka County, was taken to the emergency hospital in Hawler suffering 90% burns. She told police that the gas cooker blew up while she was cooking, and she caught fire. The police doubt that the incident was an accident, and believe she may have set herself on fire because of a family problem. The police have opened a dossier and are investigating the case.
Peyamner, March 17 2008: In Grdachal village Khanzad Bayz, a 20-year-old woman, was hit by two bullets from a machine gun fired by her brother in law. She told police that the gun went off accidentally while her brother in-law was cleaning it, and she was hit. She denied that her brother in-law had targeted her, and has not made any complaint against him. Police are investigating the case.
Awene, March 18 2008: According to police sources in Kalar police station, on 14th March a 19-year-old girl in Awbarik district, Rezgari County, poured kerosene on herself, and set herself on fire. She died immediately.
Awene, March 18 2008: In Imam Muhammad district, Kifry city, on March 10th, a 16-year-old girl caught fire as a result of a kerosene cooker explosion. She died on March 12th. Her death was reported by a source in Shahid Khalid Garmiyani General Hospital.
Awene, March 18 2008: On March 13th an 18-year-old girl from Dara Tu village was severely burned, and died as a result. According to her family statement she caught fire when a cooker blew up. The police are investigating the case
Peyamner, March 20 2008: In Bna Slawa town, Hawler city, 19-year-old Nasrin Khalil, was hit in the chest by a bullet while handling a Kalashnikov machine gun. She was transferred to the emergency hospital. She told police that she was playing with her brotherís machine gun, not realising that it was loaded, and it went off. She did not make any complaint against anyone. An investigation into this incident is continuing.
Peyamner, March 20 2008: In Makhmur county, Hawler city, Nasrin Ismael, a woman of 50, was severely burned as a result of filling a cooker with kerosene while it was on. The cooker blew up, and she suffered 40% burns. The doctors report that her condition is poor, owing to the high percentage of burns. Police have opened an investigation into the case.
Peyamner, March 26 2008: In Police-Awa district, Hawler city, a woman called Banaz Noori set herself on fire because of family problems. When her husband tried to extinguish the fire he also caught fire and suffered burns. Banaz told police that she had problems with her husband and she set herself on fire out of anger. The couple were sent to Hawler emergency hospital for treatment. Sources from the hospital said that the woman is not in good condition, and it is feared she will not survive. She has made a complaint against her husband, and the investigation is continuing.
Peyamner, March 26 2008: Chnar Omer, a 17-year-old girl from Guran district, Hawler city, set herself on fire. Chnar told police that her mother bought her a mobile phone without the knowledge of her brothers, and when her brothers found out about it they threatened her, and she was frightened. She has not made any complaint against anyone. An investigation is ongoing.
Jiyanawa, March 30 2008: According to sources in the police directorate of Pshdar, on the second day of Nawroz (March 22) an 18-year-old girl from Sendolan village, named by her initials (D.S), was burned in a kerosene cooker explosion. She suffered a high percentage of burns, and was transferred from Qaladizy general hospital to Sulaimaniya emergency hospital.
Jiyanawa, March 30 2008: Police sources informed Zhyanawa that on March 25th two sisters from Zharawa County, named only by their initials were both burned at the same time at their home. N.B is a 20-year-old student, and her sister SH.B is 15, and a first year intermediate school student. The sisters were sent to Qaladizy hospital. The younger girl suffered 70% burns and was transferred to emergency hospital, but the elder was only slightly injured, and was sent home. It appears that the two girls caught fire while using kerosene heater in the bath room, and that there were no social problems behind the incident.
Peyamner, March 30 2008: In Badawa district, Hawler city, a 21-year-old woman named Zhakaw Qader set herself on fire. In her statement to police she said she burned herself out of anger against her brother over family problems, but although Zhakaw has suffered 84% burns, she made no complaint against her brother. The Directorate of Combating Violence against Women has opened a dossier on the case, and the investigation is continuing.
Peyamner, March 30 2008: In Qushtapa town, Hawler city, Nairn Ahmad, a 12-year-old girl, was playing with her brotherís Turkish machine gun when it went off, and three bullets hit her mother Kamila in the stomach. Kamila was sent to hospital, and the investigation is continuing.
Peyamner, March 30 2008: In Bahari Newi district, Hawler city, a 23-year-old woman named only by her initials (N.R) set herself alight. After she had been transferred to the emergency hospital, she stated that she burned herself out of her anger against her husband, and made a complaint against him. The police are investigating the case.
Peyamner, March 31 2008: In Makhmur town, Hawler city, Kyhan Eskander, aged 18, was taken to hospital suffering severe burns. In her statement she said that while she was filling the kerosene heater it suddenly blew up, and she caught fire. She was transferred to emergency hospital, and the investigation is continuing.
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