Honour killing story

Cevide Secen
born: 1972
stabbed: 14 May 2010
Residence: Hof
Origin: Turkey
Children: 1 boy, 1 girl (at the time of the crime 17 years, 5 years)
Perpetrator: her husband Bulent S. (44 years)
Cevide (born Yildrim) works as a tailor. She is married under duress to a man from Turkey. The two have two children.

Bülent is an occasional worker. Because he abused his wife, they divorced in the spring of 2009 and in January 2010, the court forbade contact. Bülent was charged with aggravated assault. Nevertheless, he continued to harass his wife. He also threatened her brother and his children.

On 14 May 2010, he assaults her when she comes home from work. Cevide tries to escape but falls to the ground. In front of her two children, Bulent stabs her with a kitchen knife. The emergency doctor is unable to help. The perpetrator flees but is arrested shortly afterwards.

In May, the trial begins at the district court of Hof. The indictment stated that Bülent had realised that his wife was leading a successful life without him and was going to divorce him. He therefore decided to kill her. Bülent initially refused to testify, but through an interpreter he let it be known that he did not accept the German legal system. Later, he claims he is innocent, but he talks about a film tear.

In June 2011, Bülent was sentenced to life imprisonment. As a motive, the verdict states that the perpetrator wanted to demonstrate his unlimited right of ownership with the 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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