Honour killing story

Aylin and her daughter (+3 other victims)
born: 1975, 1997
stabbed to death: 22 March 2004
Residence: Augsburg
Origin: Turkey
Children: a 7-year-old daughter from her first marriage
Perpetrator: her husband Ali Göbelek, 37 years old at the time of the crime
In April 2003, Alyin and Ali were married. The two are cousins, so a forced or arranged marriage is likely. The marriage gives Ali the opportunity to come to Germany. He is an imported groom. However, he does not learn German and only works occasionally. His wife, on the other hand, is well integrated. They divorce at the end of 2003.

In March 2004, Ali moves back in with his wife, into a terraced house in Augsburg. The day before the crime, he threatens to kill her if she leaves him again.

He makes good on his threat: when his wife refuses to help him open the family safe on March 22, he forces her to call in sick to her employer.

Then he stabs her to death. He breaks open the safe and steals 7,000 euros, which presumably belongs to his mother-in-law (and possibly her jewelry).

Ali also kills Ela, his wife's seven-year-old daughter from her first marriage, his brother-in-law Aykin (25), his mother-in-law Melahat (53) and a Czech acquaintance of the family who is present. They are all stabbed to death by him while they are sleeping.

The bodies of the Turkish family are transferred to Turkey a few days later and buried in their hometown of Adana.

The five-time killer also flees to Adana. There he is arrested after a firefight with the police. At first he claims to have killed two skinheads who had previously massacred his family. The police do not believe him. Ali commits suicide in custody in June 2004. Extradition to Germany was not planned.

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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