Tehran: Iranian people have been shaken by a viral video in which a man is holding the severed head of his mutilated young wife in his hand. It is being told that he took this step after coming to know about the alleged adultery of his wife.
Iran’s ISNA news agency reported that police suspect 17-year-old Mona Heydri was killed by her husband and brother-in-law in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
Demand for social and legal reforms arose
After the matter came to light, there was shock and anger in Iranian newspapers and social media about the murder. Many are demanding social and legal reforms.
The reformist daily Sazandegi said, "A man was beheaded, his head was displayed on the streets and the killer was proud. How can we accept such tragedy? We should take action so that women-murder doesn’t happen again."
Famous feminist filmmaker Tehmine Milani wrote on Instagram: "Mona was the victim of disastrous ignorance. We are all responsible for this crime." Lawyer Ali Mojtahedzadeh in the reformist paper Sharg "paving the way for honor killings" For "legal loopholes" attributed to.
Demand for raising the age for marriage
After Hedri’s murder, the demand for reforming the laws to protect women against domestic violence and raising the legal age for marriage arose again. has been. Currently the legal age for marriage for girls in Iran is 13.
According to Iranian media, the victim was only 12 years old when she was married and had a three-year-old son by the time she was murdered.
Fellow Member of Parliament Elham Nadaf told ILNA news agency: "Unfortunately, we are seeing such incidents as there are no concrete measures to ensure the implementation of laws to prevent violence against women."
IRNA reported that officials meanwhile shut down the news website Rokna, saying it "mentally disturbed society" when he shared a viral video of the man.
In May 2020, a man killed his 14-year-old daughter in another so-called "owner killing" was killed, causing public outrage. Later that year he was sentenced to nine years in prison.