Ziynat Mazidi (20) beaten to death by her father in Deh Now in Iran because she wanted a divorce

Ziynat Mazidi
Born 2002
beaten to death: 24 March 2022
Residence: Deh Now, Fars province
Origin: Fars
Children: -
Perpetrator: her father
On Thursday, March 24, in the village of Deh Now in Iran's Fars province, 20-year-old Ziynat Mazidi was beaten to death with an iron bar by her father.

Her father reportedly killed her because she had decided to get a divorce.

In Iran, fathers who kill their daughters for honor are often given 3 to 5 years in prison because of a number of dated articles of law. In 2021, similar sharia-based articles of law were removed in Syria and Sudan in order to bring their own laws more in line with those of the international community.

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What is an honour killing?

An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.

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