Honour killing story

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born: 1960
murdered: 1 July 2011
Residence: Andernach (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Turkey
Children: 2 daughters (26 and 27 years)
Perpetrator: her husband Serdar G. (32 years)
Not only the large age difference is unusual in this case: the Turkish man is almost 20 years younger than his German wife. This does not necessarily mean anything, but it suggests that the marriage was intended to obtain a residence permit for the Turkish citizen. Barbara has two adult daughters from a previous relationship. She converted to Islam for her marriage to Serdar.

The 7-year marriage of the two is probably violent. The couple will divorce in June 2011. She has the door locks replaced, but he also threatens her at her workplace. He may be sleeping in his car at that time. On June 30, Serdar opens a window of Barbara's apartment through a cat flap. He demolishes her motorbike. Then he buys a knife in the supermarket.

The next day he regains access to the apartment and hides. Barbara comes home with her younger daughter, discovers the wrecked engine and calls the police. The policeman registers the damage while Serdar is squatting behind the couch. Then Barbara and her daughter go out on the terrace. The hidden culprit hears their conversation, which reveals that Barbara has a new partner. He then murders his wife with six stabbings in front of the daughter. A neighbour calls the police. The murder weapon is found at the crime scene.

The perpetrator flees by car, but can be arrested the next day in a restaurant. In December 2011, the trial will start at the regional court of Koblenz. The charge is that the Muslim was unable to process the fact that his ex-partner had contact with another man. The perpetrator confesses the crime, but denies the intention to kill. Barbara's daughters are joint plaintiffs.

In January 2013 Serdar is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. The name of the victim is not known. We appreciate all 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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