Popular Iranian film director, Babak Khorranmdin, 47, has reportedly been murdered by his family in an honour killing for not getting married.
Babak Khorranmdin, the London-based film director’s body parts were found in a suitcase outside of his parents’ Iranian home, after an honour killing for not getting married.
He was sedated and cut into pieces, and his body parts were discovered in bins and a suitcase on Sunday, May 16.
Khorranmdin who moved to London a year after he graduated with a master’s degree in cinema from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran in 2009, had just returned to Iran to teach film in his home country before he was killed.
According to reports, his parents confessed to the killing after they were arrested in Ekbatan, west Tehran.
His father reportedly said:
“Because of the disputes we had, I sedated him this morning (Sunday) by giving him anaesthetics, then stabbed him to death. Then I dismembered his body and threw it in the nearest trash can on the street with my wife.”
Tehran’s Police Station found evidence of the murder whilst searching the family home, it was reported.
Since the news broke, tributes from friends who knew Khorramdin through his work and studies in UK cinema have been pouring in.
According to Iran International TV, the honour killing “has shocked the country”.
Iran International TV Middle East Analyst and Editor Jason Brodsky said:
“I think the horrific death of Babak Khorramdin is only the latest example of a long pattern of domestic violence that we have seen in Iran.
“It follows the tragic death of Ali Fazeli Monfared, who was killed by family members after they found out he was gay. That is not to mention the case last year of Romina Ashfrafi, a 14-year-old girl who was beheaded by her father in an honour killing.
“Despite a child protection law being passed in 2020 in Iran, honour killings and domestic violence continue more broadly, and this is an area the international community needs to address with Iran.”