IRAN: A horrific video captured a man with a smiling face walking the streets clutching the head of his 17 years old wife Mona Heydari in the name of honor killing in Iran.
The 17-year-old Mona Heydari was brutally murdered by her husband Sajjad Heydari along with the help of his brother. Mona was forced to marry her cousin at the age of just 12 years and together they had a three-year-old son.
Mona Heydari was subjected to domestic violence, she was pressured by the family to stay with her husband for the sake of her son whenever she expressed the desire for a divorce.
The gruesome footage showed the husband Sajjad Heydari walking the streets in the neighborhood in Ahvaz, a city located in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, with Mona Heydari’s head in one hand and a sharp blade in the other hand. The incident reportedly took place on 5th February, Saturday.
According to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Mona was also Sajjad’s cousin. She gave birth to her son at the age of 14 years.
Man often kill their women to prove they are honorable, not only in Iran but throughout the world. A woman is not supposed to retaliate against any violence she may be facing. If she fights back she will be brutally killed by their proud and honorable men.
Mona Heydari somehow managed to escape to Turkey but unfortunately, she had to return back as it was tough to survive alone in a foreign country.
After returning her husband Sajjad and his brother tied her hands and chopped off her head in the name of honor killing. Her body was dumped before Sajjad paraded the streets with her head in his hand. The footage clearly showed no remorse on his face, in fact, he is seen smiling as he just saved his honor after killing his 17-year-old wife, a mother of a 3-year-old son.
It is reported that the husband and the brother have been arrested and the punishment they will face is still unclear.
According to Iran International, the father of Mona had helped the husband to bring her back to the country. Iran’s media watchdog responded quickly and banned the Rokna news agency that first released the footage of the killer carrying her wife’s head.
Honor Killings are prevalent in some parts of Iran due to lax laws and light sentences which encourage such behavior. Article 630 of the constitution exempts punishment if a man has witnessed adultery.
According to the women’s rights NGO in Ahvaz, in just the past two years 60 women have fallen victim to honor killing. Some of the victims were as young as 10 or 15 years. According to other reports at least 8,000 honor killings took place in Iran between 2010 and 2014 with only a few reported.
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