Parastou Shahbazi, an 18-year-old mother of one, was murdered by her husband on 29 May in the village of Miraki in Dehgolan, Kurdistan province.

Shahbazi was a victim of child marriage, forced by her family to marry at a very young age. Her husband, Payam Sh., was unemployed and in a bad financial situation.

At least four cases of femicide have been recorded in different cities and regions of Kurdistan in the last two months.

According to published reports, Maryam Soleimani, Shahriban Hadizadeh from the village of Ghezel Akh in Khoy and Donya Rezaie from Kermanshah were murdered by their relatives.