Woman killed in Koya after refusing marriage proposals: police
A wedding party put to an end after an attended woman was shot dead on June 18, 2021. Photo/Social media
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – A woman was killed in Koya’s Taq Taq area by her cousin on Friday (June 18) after refusing repeated marriage proposals, police told Zhyan News Network.
The 19-year-old woman had been in relationship with the shooter, she was shot dead while attending the wedding of one of her relatives, said the director of Taq Taq police Harem Dilshad.
The shooter, a 21-year-old man and cousin of the victim, has been arrested and confessed to his crime, Dilshad told Zhyan News Network.
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.
There has been a spike in violence against women and so-called “honor” killings in the last few months in the Kurdistan Region.
On May 30, unknown men threw a hand-grenade into a house in Sulaimani province’s town of Chamchamal wounding a mother and her daughter.
One of the women, the daughter, succumbed to her injuries sustained from the grenade explosion, security sources said.
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.