Trouskeh Abdollahzadeh, a 21-year-old mother of two children, was murdered by her father in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province, on 15 October.

The young woman, who was forced to marry her cousin at the age of 13, was killed for allegedly “having telephone contact with a man”.

Her uncle, who is also her father-in-law, was also allegedly involved in the crime.

Abdollahzadeh was killed by beating, strangulation and severe blows to the neck.

A married mother of two children aged eight and five, she lived in Piranshahr and was originally from the village of Kasehgaran in Piranshahr.

Following the murder, the young mother’s body was taken to the Piranshahr Criminal Investigation Department and both her father and uncle surrendered to the authorities. However, so far only the father has been arrested.

According to statistics compiled by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), at least 15 cases of femicide committed by male family members have been recorded in Kurdistan since the beginning of the new Iranian year on 21 March.