Iranian Father Shoots Dead His Own Daughter, 15, In Alleged Honour Killing

A father from Iran has confessed to shooting his own daughter with a shotgun in a suspected honour killing but has claimed it was an accident and he only intended on scaring her.

Mohammad Kazem Lashkari and his daughter Ariana
Mohammad Kazem Lashkari and his daughter Ariana

43-year-old Mohammad Kazem Lashkari allegedly flew into a fit of anger when he saw his 15-year-old daughter Ariana Lashkari in a park with a man in Iran.

Police quickly arrested Mohammed who confessed to shooting his daughter but told authorities that he only wanted to scare her when the gun was fired accidentally, killing her in Nurabad, southern Iran, on June 27.

He told police: "After an argument, Ariana went to my mother's house and I could not control my anger. "I went there with my shotgun to scare her. I really did not mean to kill my daughter. I fired involuntarily."

One of Ariana's relatives said that her father had murdered her after refusing to accept his daughter's belief that she didn't want a life of oppression. The relative said: "Ariana was a girl that didn't enjoy being oppressed by her father. "She wanted to choose her own lifestyle and have a free mind. Accepting her views was hard for her father."

He added: "Ariana was a quiet girl who went to school every day full of hopes. This girl was very kind and caring. "All of her friends and classmates adored her. I'm still in shock. It's unbelievable that Ariana is gone. "The regime is trying hard for this tragedy not to get published in the media. "I hope this innocent girl's blood is not going to be trampled on like many other girls who have been murdered in this way."

The punishment in Iran for murder is usually death, however, the murder of a child or grandchild by their father or paternal grandfather is an exception and only carries a maximum sentence of ten years.

A neighbour of the family told local news reporters that Mohammad had recently divorced his wife and was a frequent drug user.

An investigation into the death of the teenager is ongoing.

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