Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A young theatrical actor and model was found brutally murdered and strewn in a street in Baghdad on Monday, with security sources and his fans attributing the murder to his appearance.
Karar Nushi, an actor and a student at the Institute Of Fine Arts in Baghdad, was found dead at Palestine Street, north of the capital, hours after he was declared missing.
NRT network quoted security sources saying that Nushi’s dead body bore signs of brutal torture and several stabs.
His social media fans say he had received earlier death threats from anonymous persons who disapproved of his tight outfits and exceptional hairstyle. There had also been rumors that Nushi was planning to take part in a male beauty pageant.
Authorities have yet to comment on the murder and identify the perpetrators. His facebook followers shared sorrowful comments following the news of his death.
Since 2003, it has been a belief that Shia and Sunni Islamist groups were behind the murders of several Iraqi young people over their immodest disappearances or sexual orientations.
Since their emergence in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled “caliphate”, Islamic State militants have also reportedly executed or brutally punished civilians for breaking the group’s extreme code of modesty, and have also executed some individuals for suspicions of having homosexual orientations.