Tuesday, 17 July 2012, 09:51 GMT
Girl commits suicide after family refuses her chosen suitor

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The Kurdish Globe
By Zakaria Muhammed

The case has been sent to the Kirkuk court,

A source from Pirde Police Directorate reported that an Arab girl, who is originally from Mosul, committed suicide in Kirkuk province on July 13th by shooting herself with a Kalashnikov rifle.

The 22-year-old Sita Fahd Sakran, had moved into Gurza village of Pirde in Kirkuk along with her family for cattle-raising, said Bestun Mohammed, police chief of Pirde (43km northwest of Kirkuk).

After investigating the case, Muhammad, said it has been found out that the case was one of suicidal and that the girl killed herself after her family refused for her to get married to a boy she loved.

Musaab Abu-Bakir, Public Relations officer at Pirde Police Directorate, said the indications from the investigation showed that the girl shot herself in the chest at very close range, and had committed suicide.

He added the report of the case has been sent to the Kirkuk court and the body has been sent for autopsy for further analysis.

According to most people who know the family, Sakran did not have any issues with anyone and her family was far from hostilities.

In Iraq, marriage laws are based on the Iraqi Personal Status Law, a provision of the Iraqi civil law. If that law does not address a particular aspect of a case at hand, courts may rely upon principles from Islamic Shari'a and Iraqi Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and the Fiqh developed in surrounding Islamic countries.

Iraq does have a specific law banning forced marriage. Article 9 of the Personal Status Law states that no individual can force marriage on another individual, regardless of gender, even if they are the individual's relative. If a forced marriage does occur, the marriage contract is considered void, as long as consummation has not occurred. However, it is unclear how often the law against forced marriage is enforced by appropriate officials.