Iranian Man Murders 12 As Revenge For Honor Killing Of Sister

Twelve people
Ages: -
Shot to death: February 17, 2024
Residence: Mazraeh Imam, Kerman province
Origin: Iran
Children: -
Perpetrator: Bahram (22)
On Saturday, February 17, following a verbal altercation, a 22-year-old man identified as Bahram stormed his family’s home armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, killing 12 people. His parents, three brothers, two sisters, a brother-in-law, and four nephews were among the victims. Three neighbors sustained injuries but survived. The shooting took place in the village of Mazraeh Imam, Kerman province, Iran. Bahram fled the crime scene and was later shot and killed by police in a nearby village.

Local media reported that Bahram avenged the murder of his sister’s death at the hands of their father a decade ago, an event that “sparked deep-seated anger and resentment in him."

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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