Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Iraqi teen murdered by father in ‘honor killing’

Rand Abdel-Qader, a 17-year-old Iraqi girl from Basra, has been murdered by her father for falling in love with a British soldier, The Observer reported Sunday.

Rand met the 22-year-old infantryman “while working on an aid project for displaced families,” the article says. Upon learning of his daughter’s love, her father killed her to keep his family’s honor. The article states that Rand was, “suffocated by her father and then hacked at with a knife.”

Rand’s father was detained after the murder but was released soon after. “Not much can be done when we have an ‘honour killing,’” said Sgt. Ali Jabbar of the Basra police. “You are in a Muslim society and women should live under religious laws.”

After her daughter’s murder, Rand’s mother divorced her husband and is now in hiding after being threatened by her husband’s family.

In Basra last year, at least 47 women were victims of honor killings, with only 3 people convicted of their crimes.

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