Police arrest man for threatening women over social media: directorate

A man stands in front of the director of the Directorate to Combat Violence against Women and Families in Sulaimani, December 8, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — The Directorate to Combat Violence against Women and Families in Sulaimani said on Sunday (December 8) that police have detained a man accused of threatening women over social media.

“We have detained a perpetrator who committed several crimes, including sexual abuse and threatening women through mobiles and the communication devices,” the statement read.

“The perpetrator has also confessed to the crimes,” the directorate added.

The security forces have seized the mobiles and devices used to carry out the crimes, according to the statement.  

The General-Directorate of Combating Violence Against Women said last month that it had recorded as many as 375 cases of gender-based violence in just nine months this year.

Like in the rest of the world, most domestic abuse and gender-based violence goes unreported to the authorities, so the extent of the issue is likely much greater than the data suggests.

(NRT Digital Media)