Honour killing story
Attempted murder: September 1, 2021
Perpetrator: her husband (30 years old at the time of the crime)
On September 1, 2021, an Eritrean stabbed his wife or partner in front of a house in Essen-Altendorf. She was seriously injured and taken to the hospital. Witnesses call the police and the perpetrator is arrested.
The two have 2 children who have been placed in the care of the youth welfare agency. So far it is unclear where the victim and the perpetrator live - they do not live in Essen. The real names are also not known.
What is an honour killing?
An honour killing is a murder in the name of honour. If a brother murders his sister to restore family honour, it is an honour killing. According to activists, the most common reasons for honour killings are as the victim:
Human rights activists believe that 100,000 honour killings are carried out every year, most of which are not reported to the authorities and some are even deliberately covered up by the authorities themselves, for example because the perpetrators are good friends with local policemen, officials or politicians. Violence against girls and women remains a serious problem in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Serbia and Turkey.