A 13-year-old girl is said to have been beheaded by her own father in a brutal “honor killing” in Iran.
Romina Ashrafi had run away with an older man she ‘fell in love with’ when her father allegedly killed her.
The teenager, from Talesh County, fled her home with the 35-year-old man, but the couple were caught by authorities after their families filed complaints.
Romina returned home, despite “repeated warnings” that she feared for her life, with her father reportedly murdering her with a sickle on May 21.
He is accused of beheading her while she slept.
The father then reportedly indulged and admitted to the murder, still holding the blood-soaked weapon.
District governor Kazem Razmi said an investigation is ongoing and the father is being taken into custody.
Speaking to local media, the governor added that “the details of this case will be made public after the legal process.”
Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice president for women’s affairs, has also announced a special investigation into the murder, Mail online reports.
Romina’s father will avoid capital punishment for being the girl’s ‘guardian’, meaning he cannot be confronted with ‘retribution in kind’.
The Iranian criminal code contains Article 220
The alleged murder caused social media outrage in Iran when people beat the country’s patriarchal society.
The Persian Hastag #Romina_Ashrafi is popular with over 50,000 tweets.
In 2014, Hadi Mostafaei, a senior police officer, said “honor killings” accounted for 20 percent of the murders in the country.