Police have arrested a Kurdish teenager who shot dead his influencer sister who went against conservative Islamic conventions by wearing crop-tops and crucifixes.
Cops in Kirkuk in Iraqi Kurdistan arrested the suspected killer, who is alleged to have shot his sister Eman Sami Maghdid, 20 , eight or nine times on a road in Erbil on Sunday, March 6.
The teen is reportedly just 17 years old.
Eman, who also went by the names Mari and Maria, had 47,000 followers on TikTok before her death and was popular on the social media platform.
Police also arrested another person for giving the killer shelter after the horrific crime was committed.
Although the motive for the alleged crime has not been confirmed, it is suspected to be an "honour killing" by the victim's brother.
Honour killings occur when a relative, especially a girl or woman, who is perceived to have brought dishonour on a family, is murdered.
Eman often posted photos and videos on social media which showed her defying the conservative Islamic traditions prevalent in Iraqi Kurdish society.
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Often, she could be seen smoking cigarettes, expressing herself loudly and wearing crop-tops and crucifixes – although it is believed she had not converted from Islam to Christianity, but merely wore the item as a fashion statement.
In a Facebook post last August, Eman wrote: "I believe that humans will always suffer at the hands of other humans."
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The death of Eman, which coincided with the International Women’s Day, was widely criticised in Kurdistan.
Her tragic and untimely death follows those of at least 10 other women who have been murdered in Iraq's Kurdistan region this year alone.
The Kurdistan Region suffers from high rates of gender-based violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, honor violence, child marriages, and female genital mutilation.
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A February statement from the Erbil-based NGO SEED Foundation, which works to promote social, educational and economic development, read: “We must bolster efforts to challenge the toxic masculinity and patriarchal social norms that continue to result in violence.
"Together we must advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators and the strengthening of the Kurdistan Region Law to Combat Domestic Violence."
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