Honour killing story

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born: 1989
murdered: November 16, 2015
Location: Laaber near Regensburg
Origin: Iraq
Children: 3 (3, 6, 8 years)
Perpetrator: her husband Jumaah Khezaier Abbas (31 years)
Banu was forcibly married at the age of 16 by her parents in Iraq to the teacher Jumaah Khezaier Abbas. They have 3 children. In February 2015 the family comes to Germany as refugees from Baghdad. In September they move to a house near Regensburg. The father is proud that he is or has been part of the Iraqi national football team. You can find on the internet that he was active for the football clubs SV Türk Genclik Regensburg and TSV Großberg.

On the morning of November 16, Jumaah and his three-year-old daughter come to the police and confess in broken English that they have killed and strangled his wife. The police find the body. A few weeks earlier there had already been a police action for domestic violence. A victim protection programme was under discussion. It is clear that, because of his aggressive attitude, the perpetrator had been returned from the house to the refugee shelter by the authorities. She is said to have flirted with another man in Iraq by SMS.

The three children were in the house at the time of the crime. At least the daughter saw the crime. Presumably the father then took the two older sons to a refugee shelter. All three children were later taken into the care of the Youth Care Office and a children's home.

In July 2016 the trial will start in the court of Regensburg. A police officer reports to witness the arrest. The perpetrator had told him that he had exercised the right to kill his wife. He did not know why he had to go to prison. In the same month he is sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder in a manslaughter crime. The verdict states that from the beginning the relationship was characterised by violence against the woman. However, the act should not be regarded as murder, as the reasons for the first attack could not be clearly established. In the second attack, the woman should no longer have been unsuspecting.

Banu is not the real name of the woman. We are happy with clues! We are also happy with hints about what the football career is all about.

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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