Honour killing story

born: 1992
stabbed to death: 25 May 2019
Residence: Pforzheim (near Stuttgart)
Origin: Syria
Children: probably yes
Perpetrator: her husband (37 years old at the time of the crime)
On May 25, 2019, a 37-year-old Syrian stabs his wife, who is 10 years younger, in the district of Pforzheim in Brötzingen. The police find her badly wounded in the stairwell. She dies in the hospital.

The perpetrator has been arrested. The couple probably had children, the number is unclear. The real names of those involved are also unknown.

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:

Questions about honour killings

  • refuses to cooperate in an arranged marriage.

  • wants to end the relationship.

  • was the victim of rape or sexual assault.

  • was accused of having a sexual relationship outside of marriage.

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.

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