Reports of honour-based murders and suspected murders, April 2008
Compiled and translated by Nazaneen Rashid (KWRW)
Edited by Dr Katharine Hodgkin (KWRW)
Sbey, April 6 2008: The body of a woman of around 30 years old was discovered near the entrance of Kirkuk, on the road leading to Sulaimaniya. Colonel Farhad Ali, from Azadi police station, told Sbey that the woman had been shot a number of times in the head. She was wearing a red dress. Preliminary investigations showed that she had been killed about three days earlier. Her face had been mutilated, so it is difficult to identify her. Her body was sent to the Forensic Medicine centre in Kirkuk city hospital.
Peyamner, April 19 2008: In Koya city a man named Luqman killed his ex- wife. According to police information, after the two had separated, Luqman attacked his ex-wife at her father’s home. He shot her twice, and she died immediately. The attacker has not been arrested yet. The body has been sent to the hospital for forensic tests.
Aso-Xandan, April 20 2008:
A woman journalist has been stabbed to death by her husband. Begard Hussein Muhammad Amin, known as Begard Qalati, did not get on with her husband, and they separated some time ago. Despite the separation the husband refused to leave her alone, eventually attacking her with a knife and killing her. Begard Hussein worked as a correspondent for Gulan weekly newspaper, and also wrote fiction. She was born in 1981 in Chwar-Qurna town, Raniya city, and studied up to the first class of intermediate school. In 2000 her father forced her to marry an older man in return for a substantial sum of money. She divorced this man and married a second time, and it was her second husband that killed her. She left a baby daughter. Before her death she had published a book of short stories with the title Black Veil Bride. The husband has not yet been arrested, although he has been interviewed by Hawlati newspaper.
Kurdistan Report, April 22 2008: After she had been missing for 95 days, the body of a student, Mzgeen Samir Juma, was found by a farmer in Akri in an irrigation canal on April 21. He informed the authorities of the discovery of the body, and it was transferred to Akri hospital, then sent to the Forensic Medicine section in Duhok hospital. Mzgeen disappeared on February 16 2008.
Reports of women burned, committing suicide, and other violent incidents
Awene, April 1 2008: Rojan, a thirteen-year-old girl from Saydani village, Bahrka County, set herself on fire on 16th of March. She suffered 90% burns, and died at the hospital. According to her brother Wishyar, her maternal uncle planned to marry her to a 28-year-old man, and although her mother knew of the plan Rojan had not been consulted. When she was told she refused, as she was still very young and not ready for marriage. Her mother claimed that Rojan was burned in a gas explosion, but her brother denied this, saying that his mother was lying because she was taking her brother’s side, and that she and Rojan’s uncle were both responsible for her death. Wishyar made a complaint at the directorate for combating violence against women, and the uncle was arrested and held for six days before being released on bail. He is now in hiding, and Wishyar has lodged another complaint against him.
Peyamner, April 1 2008: In Rahim-Awa district, Kirkuk, 19-year-old Kareza Kamai set herself on fire out of anger at her brothers arising from family problems. She told police that her brothers treated her very badly. According to medical reports she suffered 90% burns, and her condition is critical.
Rewan, April 1 2008: A woman was taken to hospital after being tortured with metal kebab skewers by two of her brothers, who threatened to kill her. The woman is 31 year old, from Khanaqeen city. She has one child, and is separated from her husband. When a man proposed to marry her, the brothers decided to punish her, holding her prisoner in the house and burning her with hot kebab skewers. After seven days she was transferred to the emergency hospital in Sulamaniya city. Her brothers have been arrested by Khanaqeen police.
PUKmedia, April 2 2008: On March 28 a 19-year-old girl suffered burns in the bathroom of her home as a result of a Paramize explosion. She was transferred to Hawler emergency hospital, and died there on April 2 because of the severity of her burns, and the lack of expert treatment. Apparently there were no problems in the family, and there have been no arrests.
Peyamner, April 2 2008: In Bardarash, Duhok city, Nawroz Baker, a 20-year-old girl, set herself alight. In her statement for police she said that she burned herself out of anger against her family. She was transferred to hospital. An investigation is continuing into the case, although Nawroz has not made any complaint.
PUKmedia, April 5 2008: Police sources from Raniya police station told PUKmedia that Chro Muhammad, a girl from Chwar-Qurna, died at the emergency hospital in Sulamaniya following severe burns. It appears that she set herself on fire on April 4 because of social problems. An investigation is continuing to identify and arrest those responsible for the incident.
Peyamner, April 7 2008: In Tyrawa district, Hawler city, Shna Othman, 29 years old, set herself on fire out of anger against her mother and brothers. She told police that she was treated badly by them. She was sent to Hawler emergency hospital. According to medical reports she suffered a high percentage of burns, and her condition is critical. Three of her brothers have been arrested.
Peyamner, April 8 2008: Farman Ismael, a 25-year-old woman with four children from Azadi district, Bahraka County, set herself on fire. In her statement she told police that her husband without any reason assaulted her every day. She made a complaint against her husband, who was arrested. Farman subsequently died of her injuries.
Peyamner, April 11 2008: In Tangeraw collective town, Arbat County, Sulaimaniya, Dashni Namiq Muhammad, a 20-year-old student, hanged herself. Her body was sent to Sulamaniya Forensic Medicine Centre for investigation, and police are investigating the case. Dashni’s father told police that she killed herself because she failed her final examination.
Peyamner, April 13 2008: Nafida Luqman, a woman of thirty, from Kuistan district of Hawler city, set herself on fire and was sent to Hawler emergency hospital. She told police it was because of family problems, but she made no complaint against her husband.
Peyamner, April 15 2008: An 18-year-old girl from Ashti district, Chamchamal town, named only by her initials (D.A.S), committed suicide in a room at her home. She died from two bullet wounds in her head and chest. So far there is no evidence as to why she killed herself. Sources close to the incident told Peyamner that police arrived on the scene immediately for investigation. Her body was sent to Sulamaniya Forensic Medicine Centre, and the case was sent to Chamchamal Court.
Peyamner, April 16 2008: In Bardarash, Haveer Muhammad Jasim, aged seventeen, set herself on fire out of anger against her husband. She told police that she had problems with her husband, who had taken another wife. She was transferred to Hawler emergency hospital, where according to medical reports her condition is poor, as she suffered 60% burns. Haveer has not made any complaint against her husband.
PUKmedia, April 12 2008: A 29-year-old woman named Iran Hussein, from the new houses of Zharawa County, was taken to Qaladizy General Hospital suffering 85% burns. Because of her critical condition she was then transferred to Hawler Hospital. According to Pshdar police sources, Iran was unable to read or write. Her family have said that she was burned by a kerosene explosion in the bath room. Police are investigating the incident.
Peyamner, April 15 2008: Shawnm Jawher, a 28-year-old woman from Kareza district, Hawler city, set herself on fire out of anger against her father and a brother, according to her statement to the police. She was sent to hospital. According to medical reports she suffered a high percentage of burns, and her condition is critical. The police have opened a dossier on the case, and the investigation is continuing.
Sbey, April 15 2008: Shilan Fatah Samin, 26 years old, from Kani Sard district of Darbandy Khan town, set herself on fire at 8 am. According to the medical report she has suffered 90% burns, and has been transferred to Sulaimaniya emergency hospital. Her family has stated that Shilan was suffering from psychological problems. Shilan in her statement made no accusation against anyone.
Peyamner, April 18 2008: Hevi Ahmad, a 21-year-old woman from Perdye, made a complaint against her husband. She told police in her statement that her husband left her nearly eight months ago without any reason, and does not give the family any support. From time to time he comes home drunk and attacks the family. Last time he attacked her with a knife, and she suffered knife wounds to her hands. Police have arrested the husband and the investigation is continuing.
Peyamner, April 19 2008: At the Yazidi New Year two young Yazidy sisters, Gulishan Gani (17 years old) and Hyva Gani (15 years old), disappeared from Smel County, Zenat village. Sources at Khanki police station told Peyamner that they were infomed of the disappearance by the girls family. The police have started an investigation, but so far there is no information on the girls’ whereabouts.
Peyamner, April 21 2008: In Qushtapa town Hawjin Burhan, a 16-year-old girl, was admitted to hospital with a bullet wound to the stomach. She told police that she was depressed, and when on her own at home she tried to kill herself with her brother’s Kalashnikov machine gun. She was transferred to Hawler emergency hospital. Hawjin’s life is not in danger, and she has made no complaint against anyone.
Peyamner, April 22 2008: Aryan Mamand, a 17-year-old girl from Daratu town, Hawler city, has been seriously burned. Aryan is a student at intermediate school. She told police that while she was lighting the gas heater, the heater blew up and she caught fire. She was sent to emergency hospital. An investigation is under way.
Peyamner, April 22 2008: Eman Mahmood Aziz, a student at an intermediate school in Anab town, Halabja city, set herself alight after a dispute with her mother. She died of her injuries at Sulaimaniya hospital a few hours later. Sources close to the incident who did not wish to be identified gave no information regarding the incident, saying it was a problem within the family, and nothing else.
Peyamner, April 26 2008: A 19-year-old student at the Intermediate School in Shadi district, Hawler city, named only by her initials (M.S.), has died after setting herself on fire because of a social problem. Sources from the emergency hospital said that she suffered a high percentage of burns, and died after two days. The investigation is continuing.
Peyamner, April 26 2008: According to information received by Peyamner News Agency, a 24-year-old woman named Shakar Ja’afar from Khabat town, Hawler city, has committed suicide because her family did not take her with them to a wedding party. While she was alone she hanged herself. Police are investigating the incident.
Peyamner, April 30 2008: In Azadi district, Kirkuk, Kazimya Sabah, a 31-year-old woman, was sent to Hawler emergency hospital after setting herself on fire. She told police it was because she had problems with her husband. According to medical reports she suffered 80% burns, and is in a critical conditionns. She made a complaint aganist her husband.
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