Honour killing story

Ayse T.
born 1982
stabbed: 30 July 2009
Residence: Cologne
Origin: Turkey
Children: 2 sons (at the time of the crime 8 and 9 years old)
Perpetrator: her boyfriend Erdal D. (at the time of the crime 35 years old)
Ayse is married to Tuncay (29 years old), lives in Wuppertal and has two sons. In the spring of 2009 she divorces her husband, the sons stay with him. She moves in with her sister Senem (age 32) in Cologne. She meets Erdal, a plasterer from Wuppertal, on the Internet. He visits her several times. The neighbors know the couple. Whether she divorced because of him is not known.

Later Ayse wants to end the affair and return to her husband. But Erdal will not accept this: On July 30, 2009, it comes to a fight, possibly the police are called. With a steak knife, he goes after her. Neighbors hear screams. Senem flees through the stairwell to another apartment. Ayse runs to the first floor. There Erdal catches up with her, drags her by her hair into the bicycle cellar and stabs her.

While Ayse is bleeding to death, the killer leaves the house, but without shoes. He runs into an acquaintance, whom he asks to get his shoes and cell phone. Muhammed discovers the body. Immediately afterwards, Erdal is arrested. Later, an officer quotes him as saying, "If the woman is dead, then good. If the woman is alive, then bad."

In April 2010, the trial begins at the Cologne District Court. Erdal testifies that he came to Germany illegally in 1996. Four years later he married and fathered 4 children. By then he had already been sentenced to 13 months suspended imprisonment for sexual assault and sexual abuse. The further proceedings are pending. The verdict is not known. We would like to receive more information.

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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