In some places it’s dangerous to be different. In some places, being part of the LGBTQ community can be life-threatening. In early July, Karar Nushi just may have been murdered for those two reasons.
Karar Nushi murdered in Iraq
Nushi, an Iraqi male model reportedly was attacked and murdered in Baghdad last week. He was found dead on Palestine Street in Iraq’s capital. His body allegedly showed signs of torture and stabbing. Iraqi News reports that his fans are speculating that the perpetrators attack him for his “tight outfits” and “long hair”.
Many are calling the murder a hate crime against the LGBTQ community. Social media allegations later came out citing that Nushi was targeted by Islamist extremists “because of the way he dressed, his long hair and his friendship with female actors,” all taken as indication of Nushi’s homosexuality.. Nushi was also an actor as well as a student at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad.
According to the Washington Post there are at least 10 countries where homosexuality or any deviation from heterosexuality are still punishable by death. However, the punishment in each country is directly related to the interpretation of Muslim sharia law. Here are 10 countries where homosexuality can be punishable by death: Yemen, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afganistan, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates.
Even though today, in Iraq, homosexuality is technically legal, it is still common practice for some citizens to take their personal interpretation of this same sharia law into their own hands. Tragically countless horrific crimes have been reportedly committed against individuals like Karar Nushi in these countries.
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