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Iraqi Girl Is Stoned To Death For “Honor”

From France’s AFP:

Stoning death mobile phone video shown on internet

By Abdulhamid Zebari in Arbil, Iraq

May 5, 2007

MOBILE phone videos have appeared on the internet showing an Iraqi mob stoning and kicking to death a 17-year-old girl after she offended her minority community by eloping with a Muslim man.

Doaa Khalil Aswad was a member of northern Iraq’s Yazidi religious sect but, according to local officials, was murdered on April 7 by her brothers and uncles after she allegedly converted to Islam.

In the video – on the Kurdish website Jebar.Info and rapidly spreading on the internet – Aswad is shown lying in the road as men kick her and throw a large lump of rock or concrete at her head.

Her face is drenched in blood but uniformed and armed members of the Iraqi police stand by and do nothing to prevent the attack.

The slim, dark-haired girl is wearing a red tracksuit top and black underwear during the beating.

At one point she struggles to sit up and cover herself, but a man kicks her in the face knocking her violently back to the ground.

The assault continues for several minutes and she does not appear to cry out nor resist her attackers.

Members of a large crowd can be seen filming the murder on their mobile phones, some shouting or kicking out at the cowering victim.

Nobody tries to help her.

“They brutally killed a young Yazidi girl in pursuit of out-of-date tribal rites,” said Tahsin Saeed Ali, Emir of the Yazidis in Iraq and the world and head of the Supreme Yazidi Spiritual Council.

It should be pointed out that Yazdis are not Muslims. Indeed, as the article points out, the girl was killed at least in part for converting to Islam.

Of course the difference may seem somewhat academic here.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, May 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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