September 4, 2021
A child bride was killed by a family member on August 30 in Lorestan, western Iran. According to the Iranian regime’s laws, those who commit honor killings are exempt from lengthy sentences.
The state-run Rokna News Agency wrote the 14-year-old girl was identified as Mobina Suri.
“14-year-old Mobina was recently married to a young clergy. There were rumors about her and another boy,” a local told Rokna. The local said family members of Mobina’s husband killed her out of suspicion and bigotry.
“Someone had told Mobina’s dad that a person had entered their home in the middle of the night. Mobina’s husband was home so this could not be true. These rumors caused her uncles and brother, and her husband’s uncles and father to plan her murder,” another local said.
The local added that they suffocated her with her own scarf to later say she had committed suicide.
“They say one of Mobina’s family members killed her, and that’s why her family did not press charges,” the local said.
The police detained Mobina’s husband, who was also her cousin. According to the police report, she was 16 years old.
“The body of 16-year-old Mobina was found in a garden,” Mahdavi Kia, a police official said. Kia said her husband was arrested on murder charges, although he denies it and says she committed suicide. A provincial police official announced the murder was due to family disputes.
Child brides are victims of honor killings due to forced marriages carried out while they have not reached mental maturity. Women are punished for “disgrace” caused to their families. Those who perform honor killings are given 10 years or less of prison.
In August 2020, Romina Ashrafi was killed in her sleep by her father. Her father was given only 9 years of prison. This is while heavier prison terms are handed out to political prisoners and religious minorities.
The Iranian regime encourages child marriage and Iran’s Parliament has refused to approve the “child spouse” bill which would amend current laws that allow families to force their children, mostly girls, into marriage. The bill, introduced into parliament in 2016, proposes an absolute ban on the marriage of girls under age 13 and an absolute ban on the marriage of boys under 16. For the marriage of girls between the ages of 13-16 and for boys between the ages of 16-18, the bill would require parental consent and court permission. Marriage for girls over 16 and for boys over 18 would require no court permission.