Dunya killed brutally
The case of Dunya angered many people in Kurdistan. Her brutal killing occupied all the front pages and headlines in media. Her story was in the mouth of youths, elders, men, women, girls and boys everywhere. It shocked all
The violent and the incredible killing of Dunya, a 15-year-old woman, by her husband made the news headlines for days. The KRG’s PM Barzani and the Speaker of the Parliament roundly condemned the horrendous incident.
The violent and the incredible killing of Dunya, a 15-year-old woman, by her husband made the news headlines for days. The KRG’s PM Barzani and the Speaker of the Parliament roundly condemned the horrendous incident. Dunya Selman, an underage bride, was killed extremely brutally in a violent domestic abuse case by her husband, aged 45year-old, three times her age, on May 23rd in the district of Kalakji in the Province of Duhok.
At a press conference in Erbil, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government condemned the crime and urged the concerned parties to take necessary actions.
It was against, Barzani said, all the Kurdish traditions, adding that the KRG takes this case and all the domestic crimes that are committed against the Kurdish women very seriously.
At the same press conference, the Speaker of the Parliament Yusuf Mohammed said: “We feel ashamed that these domestic violations reoccur constantly against the Kurdish women in the Kurdistan Region.”
Women activists and the feminists took into the streets in the three Kurdish Provinces of Erbil, Sulaimani and Duhok asking the KRG to bring the perpetrators and those behind to justice.
The level of the anger was extremely high in the virtual world of the Facebook and the social media networks. In the first, lots of people reacted against the brutal murder and changed their profile pictures with Dunya’s photo as a reaction to the domestic violation cases. Many Facebook users expressed their feelings on their pages, criticizing the family of the bride because they did not think of the consequences and the certain failure of an underage marriage.
People described the Kurdish society as a “patriarch and masculine,” where thousands of girls are hindered to marry the man of their choice.
To respect her short, painful life and her violent death many people attended a vigil in Shanadar Park in Erbil on Friday to light a candle. Numerous cases of domestic violence against women such as killing, beating and raping have been perpetrated in the recent years in Kurdistan, yet the government has not succeeded in putting the "law against the domestic violence against women" into practice.
According to the reports published in the Kurdish media, the killer of Dunya cut off her breasts, removed her eyes, cutting her fetus into pieces, tied her to a car and dragged around and shot her nine times in the face. Now the murderer is on the run. He left the crime scene immediately after the killing of the bride. The couple got married nine months ago. It is said that he has escaped to a place outside the jurisdiction of the KRG administration.
A few days later, a 19-year-old boy went to the police saying that he was threatened by the family of the killer. He told the police that he was accused of having a secret relation with Dunya by the family of her husband. He denied the accusations and asked the police to protect his life. Dunya was the second wife of the murderer husband. His first wife is a mother of six children. It is also said that Dunya was beaten and singed several times by the elder wife.
According to the law, the couple had to be betrothed in the court, but because of her minor age, they were married by a religious man – a mullah- in the traditional way. The bride was pregnant when she got killed, according to Sahima, mother of the deceased.
Her parents confessed that they did a big “mistake” to give Dunya to someone who was three times her age.