By Yara Bayoumy and Aseel Kami
BAGHDAD — Near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a father doused his three teenage daughters with boiling water and shot them because, he told a court, he suspected they were having sex. Two died.
He said he killed them to defend his honour.
Murder in Iraq can carry a death sentence but under laws that activists say are far too lenient for so-called “honour killings,” the father was jailed for just two years. Medical examinations showed the girls were virgins.
The light sentence was a result of Article 409 of Iraq’s penal code which is often used in cases of “honour killings” by men. Women’s activists in Iraq, led by the only woman in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s cabinet, Minister of State for Women’s Affairs Ibtihal al-Zaidi, are lobbying to change the law.
But they say they face entrenched tribal values in a…
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