Ali Al Bayati, a member of the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, said what happened to Ms Al Zubaidi was the result of increasing domestic, social and psychological tensions caused by economic woes from the outbreak of coronavirus.

“We are getting an increase in the level of domestic violence cases, especially against women and kids, and as a result we are seeing more suicidal attempts,” Mr Al Bayati told The National.

He said the police must be more active, and called for support helplines to be set up for victims of domestic abuse.

“We still do not have any law criminalising domestic violence of course,” Mr Al Bayati said.

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