Iraqis Outraged After Father Kills YouTube Star Daughter
The death of a young YouTube star at the hands of her father has sparked outrage in Iraq, where so-called "honour killings" continue to take place in the conservative country
Baghdad, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Feb, 2023 ) :The death of a young YouTube star at the hands of her father has sparked outrage in Iraq, where so-called "honour killings" continue to take place in the conservative country.
Unverified recordings of conversations between Ali and her father appeared to indicate that he was unhappy about her decision to live alone in Turkey.
Maan said that after the police's initial encounter with the family "we were surprised the next day... with the news of her killing at the hands of her father, as he admitted in his initial confessions".
He did not give further details on the nature of the dispute.
Ali had gained a following on YouTube, where she posted videos of her daily life and in which her fiance often appeared.
"Women in our societies are hostage to backward customs due to the absence of legal deterrents and government measures -- which currently are not commensurate with the size of domestic violence crimes," wrote veteran politician Ala Talabani on Twitter.
The Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights too reported the allegation. AFP could not independently verify the authenticity of the voice recordings.
Amnesty International condemned the "horrific" killing, saying "the Iraqi penal code still treats leniently so-called 'honour crimes' comprising violent acts such as assault and even murder".
"Until the Iraqi authorities adopt robust legislation to protect women and girls... we will inevitably continue to witness horrific murders," Amnesty's deputy director for the middle East and North Africa, Aya Majzoub, said.