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 Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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.

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