Two women in Ilam and Divandarreh have been the victims of killings by men in their own families in recent days.

Rozhin Azimi, 18, was killed by her brother with a hammer blow in the village of Akh Kand in Divandarreh, Kurdistan province, on 3 June.

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has learned that Azimi’s murder was a case of “honour killing”.

On the same day, the police chief of Ilam announced that a 38-year-old woman had been beaten to death with bricks by her father.

The police chief added that the 68-year-old father had been arrested, but did not reveal the woman’s identity.

According to published reports, the man explained the motive for the killing as “verbal dispute, lack of control over anger and family disputes”.

According to statistics compiled by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), at least 17 cases of femicide were reported in different cities and regions of Kurdistan between 21 March 2022 and 21 March 2023. These murders were committed by husbands, ex-husbands, brothers and brothers-in-law.