Honour killing story

Faezeh Maleki
born 1999
fired: 3 October 2021
Residence: Korkoreh (Kurdish province, Iran)
Origin: Iran
Children: none
Perpetrator: her father Habibollah Maleki is accused
On Saturday, October 2, at 22:30, 22-year-old Faezeh Maleki was admitted to Kosar Hospital in Sanandaj, Iran, with severe burns. At least 85 percent of her body was burned and she died of her injuries a day later.

Sunday Dr. Iman Navabi published the news on his instagram page, "Her father had burned 85% of her body with gasoline just because she had a boyfriend. I will not share her photos because of the severity of her injuries."

Women's rights activists claim that Faezeh Maleki, who recently divorced her husband, was the victim of an alleged honor killing.

Activists accuse Maleki's father of drenching her in petrol and setting her on fire in the family's garden in the village of Dolatabad in Kurdistan Province.

The death of Maleki on October 3 led to small but rare protests in towns in Kurdistan, with female protesters demanding that the judicial authorities conduct a professional investigation into her death.

According to activists, Maleki had a boyfriend at the time of her death. In some conservative rural areas, Iranian girls and women who have relationships with men outside of marriage are targets of violence, sometimes resulting in death.

Meleki's boyfriend said she was full of life and was not the type for suicide. Neighbors report that Meleki repeatedly screamed, "My father set me on fire."

Maleki's family maintains that she suffered from depression and set herself on fire, a claim rejected by her alleged boyfriend. The family has also claimed that Maleki's father, Habibollah Maleki, suffered burns to his face and hands when he tried to save his daughter.

"Her father set her on fire, but now her father and family want to pretend that Faezeh set herself on fire," said a hospital employee.

The forensic doctor stated that since there is no private plaintiff, nothing can be done about the judicial investigation and complaint.

Dr. Iman Nabavi had to remove his post on Instagram under pressure and threats from security forces. Mohammad Jabbari, the Sanandaj prosecutor, also announced that Iman Nabavi's action of publishing this post is a kind of offense.

We already have many stories of honor killings in our archives. Habibollah Maleki would not be the first murderer to suffer injuries while carrying out his outrage. We are happy to receive any leads!

What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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