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Young woman killed in Sulaimani’s Shorsh hours after divorce

  2021-06-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
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 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A 21-year-old woman was found dead in Shrosh sub-district west of Sulaimani on Monday (June 21), hours after she got divorced, an official said, as femicide is on the rise across the Kurdistan Region. 

“A body was brought to the Emergency Center at the Shahid Peshraw Hospital with a gunshot to the head,” Shorsh Rahim, the spokesperson for the Chamchamal Health Directorate, told Zhyan News Network. 

The woman was a resident of Qarahanjir neighborhood in the town, whose body has been transferred to the forensic medicine department, Rahim added. 

The motive behind the death was unclear as of reporting time. 

On June 18, a woman was killed in  Taq Taq town after she had refused to accept his marriage proposal.

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.

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.

(Zhyan English)