An Iraqi YouTuber and comedian has been accused of killing his 14-year-old daughter after he saw her with a stranger.

According to local media, the teenager had answered her house's door to an unknown person whom she mistook for her brother. The stranger at the door was later found to be a young man who had proposed to her many times in the past. However, she rejected his advances each time.

Mohammed Al Esawi, the father of the teenager, got furious when he saw his daughter standing next to the stranger. He allegedly took out his handgun and fired three times at his daughter, the Gulf News reported.

The crime took place in the presence of the mother, who tried to prevent her husband from killing his daughter, local media reported.

Local media Daaarb reported the incident took place in Basra Governorate [Google Translate showed]. It was also alleged Al Esawi conducted a virginity test on his daughter's dead body. However, there has been no official confirmation about the test.

After committing the crime, the accused fled the scene. The police arrived at the house and launched an investigation into the incident. They also have begun a search for Al Esawi, who is still believed to be at large.

Local media did not reveal any details about the young man. It was also unknown where the young man was while the crime was being committed.

While reports about the incident surfaced over the weekend, the exact date when the crime took place was not known. The charges filed against the accused were yet to be made public.

Last year, a report claimed an increasing number of women were being murdered in the Iraqi Kurdistan region in the name of “honor.” It was believed that the crimes were being committed as local authorities failed to pass and enforce laws against such horrific activities. According to statistics by the Kurdistan Regional Government Directorate of Combatting Violence Against Women, 120 women were killed in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in 2019.

Crime scene police line | Representational Image
Crime scene police line | Representational Image GETTY IMAGES / SCOTT OLSON