Suspected of adultery, Mona Heidari, 17, was murdered on Sunday by her husband and brother-in-law in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran, Isna news agency reported. .

The video of the husband parading in the street smiling with his victim's head appeared shortly after on the Iranian net, shocking the country.

Monday, the two men were arrested by the police "during a raid in their hiding place", announced the local police, quoted by the official agency Irna.

“A human being was beheaded, his head was paraded in the streets and the killer was proud of it.

How can we accept such a tragedy?

We must act so that feminicides do not happen again,” launched the reformist daily



"Mona was the victim of devastating ignorance, we are all responsible for this crime," protested feminist filmmaker Tahmineh Milani on Instagram.

The law has “loopholes”

Reacting to the tragedy, several human rights defenders urged the authorities to reform the law on the protection of women against domestic violence and to increase the minimum age of marriage for girls, currently set at 13 years.

According to local media, the victim was only 12 when she married and was the mother of a 3-year-old son when she died.

For lawyer Ali Mojtahedzadeh, quoted by the reformist newspaper Shargh, the law has “gaps” concerning the protection of women.

It does not grant them independence and fails to "rationally determine the legal age of marriage in order to end child marriage."

All this "opens the way to honor killings", he regrets.

"There are no concrete measures to guarantee the application of laws aimed at preventing violence against women," said MP Elham Nadaf, quoted by the Ilna news agency.

"The women call on the Parliament to take urgent measures to fill certain legal loopholes and the authorities must strive at the same time to raise the level of consciousness of the population", declared on Twitter the Iranian vice-president in charge of Women and Affairs. families, Ensieh Khazali.


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