Police in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in northern Iraq announced the arrest of 16 youths on Saturday for allegedly assaulting a girl at a motorcycle show, in an incident that was filmed and shared on social media.
The attack took place on the outskirts of Sulaymaniyah, the second largest city in the Kurdistan region. A video shared on social media shows dozens of young men chasing a girl at high speed before running her over and pushing her into a car.
“Since last night until today, we have arrested 16 suspects involved in the riot and attack on the girl,” said Sulaimani police spokesman Sarkot Omar, adding that the girl is 17 years old.
He added that three of the detainees recorded a video and posted it on social media.
However, he confirmed that there are girls who have participated in similar activities where drivers demonstrate their ability to ride a motorcycle.
The Kurdistan region presents itself as a portrait of modernity and tolerance, but it is not immune to femicide and domestic violence in a country where society remains largely patriarchal.
On Tuesday, authorities also announced the arrest of 7 people accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young woman.
Although civil society organizations criticize the Kurdistan region in the field of human rights and freedoms, the regional government condemned these “unacceptable incidents” this Saturday and added that it “opposes all forms of violence and violations of human rights in general and violence against women”. In particular. He calls for “legal action to be taken against the perpetrators of this crime as soon as possible”.
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