Romina Ashrafi murder: Honour killing sparks outcry in Iran

WION Web Team TEHRAN May 28, 2020, 11.30 AM(IST)

Romina Ashrafi Photograph:( Twitter )

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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. 

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(With inputs from agencies)