Man in Karbala sets fire, killing his four children


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SULAIMANI — A man in Karbala governorate who set a fire on Thursday (July 2) that killed his four children is now in custody, according to police.

The man is from Hur city and was reportedly motivated to commit the murders because of a conflict with his wife. The victims were between three- and thirteen-years-old.

After being alerted to the crime, the Karbala Police Department said that it created a special investigation unit and arrested the man.

Domestic violence and violence against women and families is common in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region despite official commitments to address the problem. A domestic violence bill has languished in the Council of Representatives for years.

Data and anecdotal evidence from social workers suggest that incidents of domestic violence have increased since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdowns in Iraq.

(NRT Digital Media)