Iran Shuts Down News Website Over Image of Decapitated Woman

The government of Iran has shut down the Rokna news website after it published an image of a man holding what has been described, the head of his wife in his hand in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.

The state-run IRAN newspaper reported on Monday that Rokna was closed because of its continuing to publish images and issues that “violate public decency.”

Rokna, which started operation in 2016, has more than 20,000 subscribers on Telegram, a free social instant messaging service that provides video calling, and other features.

Rokna published the image on Saturday and was viewed by tens of thousands of people, showing a man holding a large knife while carrying a severed head with long hair in another hand.

Iranian authorities said they have detained the man who is accused of killing his wife on Saturday hours after the incident.

A police officer, Col. Sohrab Hosseinnejad said the incident occurred in Ahvaz province, and the defendant confessed to his crime during investigation.

Hosseinnejad said the reason behind the tragedy is not clear yet, but said it could be due to family issues.

The police did not provide further information on the incident, even refrained from disclosing the name of the suspected murderer.

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