Honour killing story

born: ?
stabbed to death: January 1986
Residence: Amstetten (near Stuttgart)
Origin: Turkey
Children: ?
Perpetrator: his brother-in-law (15 years old at the time of the crime)
Ali is married to Filiz and wants a divorce. Her family sees her honor tarnished by this. She orders Filiz's 15-year-old brother to kill Ali.

In a fully occupied four-person room at Geislingen District Hospital, the young man stabs his brother-in-law. He flees and is wanted on an international arrest warrant. Four days later he is arrested in Turkey. Since Turkey does not extradite him to Germany, he may be tried there.

Although this case is a rare honor killing of a man, and though honor killings and parallel societies were hardly discussed in the 1980s, the police were already talking about honor killings then. But since the case was a long time ago, little can be learned from it. Still, the typical characteristics of an honor killing are evident: the divorce situation, the order to kill from within the family, the choice of a son still under the juvenile justice system, and the public staging of the crime: the world must see that the honor is defended.

We would be very grateful for any information on this case (and the correct names of those involved).

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.

  • The Südwestpresse reported on the case (unfortunately no longer online).
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