Romina Ashrafi Wiki – Romina Ashrafi Biography
Romina Ashrafi is the teenage Iranian girl who was brutally murdered in her own home in a so-called “honor killing.”
The local news outlet Gilkhabar.ir reported that Ashrafi’s father, Reza, used a farming sickle to behead her while she was sleeping. The newspaper cited “locals” who said that Reza Ashrafi walked out of his home with the sickle in his hand, confessed to killing his daughter and was arrested.
Ashrafi, who was either 13 or 14 years old, had run away from home with her 34-year-old boyfriend and her father objected to the relationship, the Associated Press reported. Ashrafi and her boyfriend were apprehended five days later. Law enforcement officials forced the teen to return home, even though she expressed fear that her father would become violent.
Amnesty International is horrified to learn that 13-year-old Romina Ashrafi was beheaded in her sleep by her father in an “honour killing” in Iran. We’re appalled that the Iranian authorities repeatedly ignored Romina’s pleas for protection from her violent and abusive father. pic.twitter.com/kc0EtcPOwK
— Amnesty Iran (@AmnestyIran) May 27, 2020
Romina Ashrafi Age
She was 13 years old.
Who is Romina Ashrafi and Her Boy Friend Bahamn Khavari?
Romina Ashrafi was from the city of Talesh in the northern Gilan province, which is about 260 miles northwest of the capital city of Tehran. Iran International reported that the teenager had “fallen in love with a boy” from her city but did not include that the “boy” was a 34-year-old man. Al Arabiya English added that Ashrafi ran away with her boyfriend after her father objected to her wish to marry him.
The AP identified Ashrafi’s boyfriend as Bahamn Khavari. The couple went on the run for five days before they were apprehended by the police. His family had also alerted law enforcement after the pair disappeared, according to Radio Free Europe. Ashrafi told officials she was afraid to go home and that she feared for her life. The local outlet Gilkhabar.ir reported that after Ashrafi was forced to return home, “family disputes and provocations escalated,” ultimately resulting in the teenager’s death.
Khavari, however, is not expected to face any repercussions. Radio Farda, the Iranian branch of Radio Free Europe, explained Khavari would likely not face any charges because teenage girls are considered ready for marriage by age 13.
However, young teenage brides are less common in Iran in the present day. The Tehran Times reported in 2018 that the average Iranian woman is 23 years old when she gets married.
This 13-year old Iranian girl, Rumina, is a victim of anti-women laws in Iran.
A 35-year old man tricked her into eloping with him.
Then, she was arrested. The judge decided to hand her over to her dad.
Her dad cut her head off in her sleep.
There was no-one to save her pic.twitter.com/US1E6ep5cq
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) May 26, 2020
Romina Ashrafi Murder
The Iranian news website Khabar Online spoke with Bahamn Khavari after Romina Asharfi’s death. In that article, Khavari was described as being 28 years old and that Ashrafi was 13.
According to a Google translation of the article from Persian to English, Khavari said he had loved Ashrafi since she was 9 years old and that they began talking over the phone when she was 11. Khavari claimed that he asked Ashrafi’s father for permission to marry her but that the request was denied.
Romina Ashrafi’s father will face a maximum of 10 years in prison if he is convicted for her murder. Sky News, citing Iran’s judicial department, reported that the trial will take place in a special court.
According to article 220 of the Islamic Penal Code in Iran, Ashrafi’s father cannot face the death penalty because he was his legal guardian. The current legal code states that the guards are exempt from “quisas,” which means “retaliation in kind,” explained the Arab television station Al Arabiya. The media quoted a former senior Iranian official, Hadi Mostafaei, who said in 2014 that 20 percent of the murder cases in the country were so-called “honor killings”.
Iran International further explained that according to Sharia law, the only people who could ask for the execution of Reza Ashrafi, in this case, would be their own relatives. The television station used the term “blood owners” to describe immediate relatives and explained that this is the reason why most “honor killings” do not receive severe punishment.
The non-governmental defense organization Human Rights Watch describes honor crimes as “acts of violence, usually murder, committed by male family members against female family members who are perceived to have dishonored the family.” The group says girls and women have been killed for leaving abusive marriages or rejecting arranged marriages. Another common reason is if a woman is a victim of sexual assault or rape.
In reaction to Ashrafi’s murder, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on lawmakers to speed up a bill that would impose harsher penalties against “honor killings.” Iran’s vice president for Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, also called for a special investigation. Al Jazeera reported that Ashrafi’s murder had sparked outrage in Iran.