Honour killing story

Anes B.
born: 1971
stabbed to death: 31 March 2014
Location: Kleef/ NRW
Origin: Turks / Kurds / Yezidis
Children: unclear
Perpetrators: Adil (31 years) and his brother Mekin O. (22 years)
You can see this murder as honour killing, but it can also be a clandispute. Here's the story: The Yezidian brothers Adil and Mekin are considered integrated. Which is not uncommon for Yezidi's. The marriage rules are all the more strictly enforced.

The two brothers have a sister who was divorced in 2002. On 31 March 2014, Adil and Mekin stab the divorced 43-year-old husband in a supermarket 44 times with a knife. They flee first, but are confronted with the police.

In December 2014, the regional court in Cleves will sentence the perpetrators to 12 years' imprisonment for manslaughter. A co-plaintiff appeals to the Federal Supreme Court. The trial will be resumed in May 2016. The new trial increases the sentence for murder to life imprisonment. (1) The defendants lodge an appeal, which is dismissed as unfounded. The verdict will become final in April 2017.

The victim had mistreated his wife (the perpetrators' sister) before the divorce and had therefore been convicted several times. He was also imprisoned for 4 years for attempted murder.

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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