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Suspect arrested over killing woman in Sulaimani's graveyard: police

  2021-06-16  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Police arrests a suspect on charges of killing a woman the month before at a cemetery in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 16,2021. Photo by Sulaimani Police Directorate
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The police had apprehended a suspect on charges of murdering a woman and throwing her in a cemetery in Saiwan Graveyard south of Sulaimani, Head of Sulaimani Police Directorate's Media and Relation  Spokesperson Sarkawt Ahmad said on Wednesday (June 16). 

On May 30, the police forces found the naked body of a woman strangled to death in the cemetery, but they revealed it three days after the incident, the police directorate said in a statement. 

“The accused man, 24, has confessed to the crime and has been detained by judge’s decree, as well as an investigation into the incident is ongoing,” Ahmad said, without revealing further information, pending the court’s ruling.  

Femicide is on the rise in the Kurdistan Region.

On March 29, a man shot dead a woman in an electricity ministry building in Erbil. 

In April, the death of a 21-year-old Zahra Jassim sparked outrage in the Region after she was shot dead by his former spouse. 

The motives behind the murder of women have often been described as social problems, a term used by the authorities to mean domestic violence, non-political disputed and non-terrorism conflicts.

At least 25 women were murdered, 38 others committed suicide, 67 self-immolated, 10,370 lawsuits were lodged and 125 sexual assaults were logged in 2020, according to General Directorate to Combat Violence Against Women.

The numbers may be an undercount as not all violence get reported.

(Zhyan English)