Kobra Yaghubi (25) murdered due to 'honor’ in Nowshahr, Iran

Kobra Yaghubi
Age: 25
murdered: August 6, 2023
Residence: Chelander, Nowshahr, Mazandaran province
Origin: Iran
Children: 1
Perpetrator: husband
According to Rokna, Kobra Yaghubi, a 25-year-old woman and mother of a six-year-old child, who resided in the village of Chelander near Nowshahr, was murdered by her husband in what is believed to be an 'honor' killing.

On Tuesday, August 1, Kobra's husband forcefully entered her father's home and stabbed her multiple times. Kobra's husband, who has a severe drug addiction, fled the scene after inflicting 12 deep stab wounds to her hip, abdomen, and back.

Despite undergoing several surgical procedures after being admitted to the hospital, Kobra succumbed to her injuries on the night of Sunday to Monday, August 6.

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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