Romina Ashrafi Photograph:( Twitter )
Romina Ashrafi’s death prompts President Hassan Rowhani to urge Cabinet to speed up harsher legislation against so-called honour killings.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for harsher laws to tackle 'honour killings' after the particularly shocking slaying of a teenage girl, allegedly by her father, prompted a nationwide outcry.
The killing of teen Romina Ashrafi last week in the Iranian town of Talesh, some 320 kilometres (198 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran, prompted a nationwide outcry. She was reportedly beheaded while sleeping by her father, Reza Ashrafi, who used a farming sickle to kill his daughter.
The father, who is now in custody, was enraged after she ran away with her 34-year-old boyfriend Bahamn Khavari in Talesh. In rural areas of Iran, it’s unheard of for teenage girls to run away from home to be with their boyfriends.
Different media organisation highlighted the story, and a social media outcry followed under the hashtag #Romina_Ashrafi.
The air is dark here from head to toe— garni (@garni29341352) May 26, 2020
Omid road lines are dark until dark
The galaxy sits in mourning for the death of the Sun's daughter
The earth and the sky are dark to the throne of God
I knocked heartily on the children and moved on#رومینا_اشرفی #Romina_Ashrafi pic.twitter.com/14lMK6h0tz
(With inputs from agencies)