On Sunday, an elderly Christian woman was beaten and assaulted by robbers who broke into her home. Activists have circulated photos of the woman after her assault, showing gruesome bruises and swelling. Neighbors have stated that it was well-known that the victim lived alone which may have encouraged the attackers. Currently, activists believe this was a criminally-motivated act rather than a religiously-motivated attack, but a deeper investigation may reveal other motives.
08/09/2017 Iraq (Kurdistan 24) – An elderly Christian woman was assaulted by thieves inside her house south of Baghdad before they took off with her money, Iraqi activists said on Sunday.
The activists circulated pictures over social media showing the extent of the injuries the woman suffered all over her body during the late-night attack.
The incident took place in the Doura district, south of Baghdad.
According to witnesses, the attackers broke down the door to “Shushan’s,” the woman in question, house. Many said it was known she lived alone.
While Kurdistan 24 could not verify the accuracy of the details or the motive for the crime, the Interior Ministry said it would launch an investigation into the incident.
Christians in Iraq have been subjected to violence since 2003, prompting many of them to move to the Kurdistan Region while others left to Europe and America for security.
Due to the nature of the crime, the Interior Ministry claimed Minister Qassim al-Araji would personally oversee the investigation.