Honour killing story

born 1978
stabbed to death: 11 November 2008
Residence: Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
Origin: Victim: Sardinia, Offender: Italy
Children: 2 sons (at the time of the crime 3 and 7 years old)
Perpetrator: her husband Massimo (at the time of the crime 34 years old)
It is said that honor killings are also committed in Christian families. However, they are very rare. This case, however, could be one: In November 2008, an Italian man in Bad Cannstatt stabbed his wife to death, who had divorced him a few weeks earlier. After marrying in 2000, Massimo had worked as a laborer, but was now living on benefits. Since he had been housed in a hostel, it can be assumed that he was less integrated than his wife.

Under the pretext of taking her to see the divorce lawyer, the man gains access to the apartment they once shared. Daniela takes her son to the school bus. When she comes home to take care of her second son, Massimo pushes her onto the bed, kneels on top of her and rams a knife into her chest. The three-year-old son can see parts of the crime.

Then the killer goes to the police with his son.

Massimo was sentenced to life imprisonment (without special gravity of guilt) by the Stuttgart District Court in April 2009. He had stated that his wife had been having an affair. However, this turned out to be pure fabrication, but is an element that can be found in many cases of honor killings: The woman is punished for a (possibly only alleged) sexual self-determination. The fact that Massimo beat his wife several times and allowed her to leave home alone during the marriage only under certain conditions also points in this direction.

The Stuttgarter Zeitung writes that Daniela and Massimo had already met at the ages of 14 and 19. This could be a childhood love affair, but it could also point to a forced marriage. </blockquote

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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