22-year old Iranian woman is killed by her father for coming home late

Iran has been rocked by its third honour killing in a month after a 22-year-old woman was bludgeoned to death by her father.

Reyhaneh Ameri, from Kerman in south central Iran, was allegedly attacked with an iron bar after arriving home late the previous evening.

Local media reported that she survived for nearly 24 hours after the attack but bled to death from her injuries.

It comes just days after 19-year-old Fatemeh Barihi was allegedly beheaded by her jilted husband, and less than a month after 13-year-old Romina Ashrafi was reportedly killed with a sickle by her father.

Reyhaneh is believed to have arrived at her parents' home at around 11.30pm on Sunday evening, enraging her furious father who unleashed his violent assault.

The Deputy Police Chief of Kerman, Iran's largest province, said Reyaneh's father launched an iron bar in anger which struck her in the head and caused catastrophic injuries.

Reyaneh's sister claims she went to visit her parents' house the next morning between 8:30am and 9:00am but nobody answered when she knocked.

She let herself in and, finding the house in chaos, waited for her parents to return home. Her father is believed to have arrived first but, sensing his daughter's suspicion, fled the scene.

Soon after her mother arrived and the pair entered Reyhaneh's room, where they discovered her clothing soaked in blood with splatters up the walls.

Police scrambled to the scene and found traces of blood leading to the father's car.

They tracked his mobile phone to a nearby village and arrested him on his return, but he denied having any knowledge of his daughter's whereabouts.

Police embarked on a desperate hunt to find Reyhaneh her until 11pm that night, when her father is alleged to have 'proudly' admitted to the murder, Radio Farda said.

He took officers to where he had dumped his daughter in an open area of the city.

The Iran Human Rights monitor said that, despite the atrocity of the attack, Rayhaneh died only two hours before police discovered her body.

They allege that Rayhaneh's father had previously told his wife he would kill their daughter, and had even attempted to murder her in 2017.

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