Last night in Kirkuk, man kills his sister, another his teenage son

Kirkuk, September 2020 – one of Kirkuk’s main streets – Photo by Karwan Salehi

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A man killed his sister by strangulation in Kirkuk last night (17 September) and then surrendered himself to the police. Another man killed his own son.

A police source told KirkukNow: “A woman named Amal Hasam Mahmoud was strangled to death by a scarf by her own brother.”

The man went to police himself and confessed to the crime.

The police source added that the culprit is a 50-year-old military retiree, and that he had said his motive was a social issue.

Another man killed his own son on the same day. A source told KirkukNow that the victim is 16 years old and his name is Ali Hamza Ismael.

“His father injured him severely and he died later at the hospital,” the police source added.

The Kirkuk Office of the Committee for Human Rights has registered 150 cases of violence this year.

Sajad Jum’a, head of the Kirkuk Office of the Committee for Human Rights, told KirkukNow: “Since the start of the year, there have been 38 suicides, 18 of them females. In the last 15 days alone, there have been six cases of violations.”

Most of the registered cases happened during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last week a man accused of raping his 18-year-old daughter was arrested, and the bodies of two murdered sisters of 17 and 19 were discovered.

According to statistics from the Federal government, more than 5,000 cases of domestic violence have been registered in the first six months of 2020.

The Iraqi Parliament is to debate a resolution on domestic violence soon.

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