On May 17, 2023, a woman fell victim to a so-called honor killing in Kahnuj, Kerman Province, allegedly perpetrated by her husband. The motive cited was the husband's accusation of his wife's infidelity, although such claims remained unverified.
The husband reportedly took his wife to the mountains around Zarchin, where he fatally stabbed her multiple times before burning her body. This tragic incident marks the 13th case of a woman being killed in similar circumstances by relatives in Kohnuj.
In Iran, men can justify murder by alleging their wife's infidelity, leveraging a defense rooted in Sharia law, which is often biased against women. This legal loophole may result in a maximum prison sentence of 3 years, highlighting the challenges in ensuring justice for victims of honor-based violence.
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