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 Kurdistan Government KRG Asks Baghdad to Investigate Honor Killing Dua Khalil Aswad

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Kurdistan Government KRG Asks Baghdad to Investigate Honor Killing Dua Khalil  5.5.2007 

May 5, 2007

Erbil, Kurdistan region (Iraq),-- The Kurdish Regional Government is calling on the Iraqi federal system of justice to aggressively investigate the "honor killing" in early April of a 17-year-old Yazidi girl in Bashika, near Mosul in
Nineveh province. The girl's death reportedly led to the reprisal massacre of more than 20 Yazidi factory workers a couple of weeks later.

Doaa Aswad Dekhil (also reported as Dua Khalil Aswad), a 17-year-old Yazidi girl, had converted to Islam to marry a Sunni man.

On April 7, Doaa went to the home of a Sunni sheikh, but was told that her relatives had contacted him and that she must return home, VOI has reported . Instead, she was stoned in the street by nearly two-thousand people, as confirmed by eyewitnesses, while police and army forces cordoned off the area and denied access to journalists.

The KRG government issued a statement this week calling on the central government to pursue the killers, and condemning the acts:

"The murder of Dua in a so-called honour killing is a tragedy for her family and the entire community in Kurdistan. There is no justification whatsoever for this crime.
Dua’s death and the subsequent retaliation against the Yezidi community are a reminder to all of us, as individuals and as a society, that we have to continue to fight against the violent and archaic mindset that sadly persists today."

Bashika, in Nineveh governorate, is not a part of the Kurdistan Region and therefore does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The Kurdistan National Assembly (parliament) in 2002 repealed articles in Iraqi law which allowed for “honour” killings to go unpunished. Since then, there have been at least 40 convictions for such crimes in the Kurdistan Region, and at least 24 cases are awaiting trial, illustrating both the extent of the problem and the steps that the KRG is taking to address it.

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Religious significance

The Yazidis consider Melek Taus to be a benevolent angel that has redeemed himself from his fall, and has become a demiurge who created the cosmos from the Cosmic Egg. After he repented, he cried for 7000 years, his tears filling 7 jars, which then quenched the fires of hell.

Melek Taus is sometimes transliterated Malak Ta'us or Malik Taws. In Semitic languages, malik variably means "king" or "angel". Taus is  uncontroversially translated "peacock"; however, it is important to note that peacocks are not, at least currently, native to the lands where Melek Taus is worshipped.

This has lead some to speculate that the worship of Melek Taus was imported from India, though it is more likely the peacock iconography is a development from earlier representations depicting the god as a native fowl, such as a bustard.

The Yazidi believe that the founder of their religion, Sheikh Adi Ibn Mustafa, was an avatar of Melek Taus. In art and sculpture Melek Taus is depicted as peacock. The Yazidi are thought to be unique in their depiction of their primary god as a bird.

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