Young woman set on fire by her brother in eastern Tehran
burned alive: May 3, 2023
Perpetrator: her brother
On May 3, 2023, a young woman in eastern Tehran, Iran, was burned alive in an attack by her brother. According to local journalists, the brother stabbed her in an SUV and then doused her with gasoline before setting her on fire. The woman suffered severe burns and the brother also suffered burns in the act. An unknown person used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
Both the brother and sister were taken to the hospital; the woman succumbed to her injuries and died. The police conducted an investigation and the prosecutor's office ordered the arrest of the perpetrator and asked to find out the motive.
The names of those involved are not known. All information is welcome!
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:
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.