A 23-year-old transgender woman, Doski Azad, was found dead in Kurdistan, Iraq, on Monday, police said.
According to police, her estranged brother was the only suspect in honor killings.
A close friend told insiders that the family had previously threatened to kill Azad for being transgender.
Doski Azad did not attend the scheduled meeting, but it was ill-mannered, one of her friends told the insider.
A 23-year-old transgender woman, a make-up artist in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, is usually very reliable, she said.
A friend knew something was happening, but couldn’t anticipate the shocking call he received two days later.
“It turns out that Doski was brutally killed,” she said.
Azad’s body was found in a village outside Duhawk on Monday afternoon. She had been shot in the head and chest a day or two before the corpse was found, Dohuk police said.
Images reviewed by insiders showed that Azad’s hands were tied together, leaving her body in a shallow ditch.
Police recognized the whereabouts of the body after receiving information from relative Kurdish media. Ludo report.
The same relative told police that it was the brother who killed her, the report said.
On Kurdish television police said her estranged brother Chakdar, who had lived in Western Europe for the past eight years, was the only suspect in the murder.
People familiar with the matter told insiders that he had traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq solely for the purpose of killing his sister.
The murder was described as an “honor killing,” and there was “definitely” discrimination at the root, the US Consulate General in Elville said Thursday.
“Her family threatened to kill her several times.”
After Azad emerged as a transgender a few years ago, relationships with his family were difficult. A close friend who wants to remain anonymous told the insider.
Being a traditional family in a religiously conservative area meant that many relatives chose not to accept her, a friend said.
“Some of her family threatened to kill her several times,” she added.
Fearing her safety, Azad left her family’s house five years ago and moved alone to an apartment in the city center of Dohuk.
There she worked as a make-up artist in a local salon, had many friends and wanted to lead a normal life, her friends said.
“She was a peaceful and popular person and didn’t want to see a sad person,” she added.
However, a few years after moving, Azad continued to receive sporadic bursts of transphobia abuse from his brother and cousin.
Iraq’s LGBTQ advocate, Ira Queer, said he had several times notified the organization that Azad was being harassed by his relatives.
Azad’s friend said that while she was aware of the abuse, Azad’s murder came as a shock to those who still knew her and Azad.
“When I knew it, I laughed a lot and thought it was a lie,” said a friend. “I tried to call Doski, but she didn’t answer. Then I tried to talk to a friend and she collapsed and broke down.”
“She broke the patriarchal rules, so her brother killed her.”
Iraqi activists told insiders that Azad’s “honor killings” were motivated by the transphobia that is rampant in Iraq.
“She broke the patriarchal rules, so her brother came and he killed her,” said an activist who asked to remain anonymous. “In Iraq’s concept of community and masculinity, you can’t give up masculinity and become a woman because it’s considered to hurt your dignity.”
Honor killings are the practice of killing families, primarily women and girls, by those who appear to be trying to protect the dignity of the family.
However, members of the LGBTQ community are also targeted, especially in homosexual and aversive societies.insider report About the honor killing of Alireza Fazeli Montfared, a young gay man in Iran who was killed last year.
Human rights activist Pishkoo Zandi told insiders that this type of murder would not normally be reported in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, as the people of Queer are treated as invisible.
“The government system is homosexual and the media is homosexual,” Zandy said. “They don’t want to say anything about us.”
Kurdish Media coverage A transgender person was killed by his family in July. But Mr Zandy said police have not conducted an investigation or arrested anyone.
Her brother may have fled the country
Insiders understand that police are investigating Azad’s murder, and police believe her brother has fled to Belgium, Germany, or Turkey.
Two people familiar with the situation told insiders that Kurdish police were finding and arresting him in collaboration with Interpol, an international organization that promotes global police cooperation.
Duhok police did not respond to Insider’s request to confirm this. Interpol said it would not be possible to comment on a particular case without special circumstances and the approval of the countries concerned.
But while the search for Azad’s brother is underway, her friends are having a hard time understanding how such a terrible thing happened to such a good person.
“Doski won’t hurt anyone,” her best friend said. “Not even her family.”
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