Honour killing story

Diana K.
born: 1987
Stabbed to death: 13 September 2015
Residence: Munich
Origin: Bulgaria / possibly Roma
Children: 1 son (2 years)
Perpetrator: Angel R. (38), her sister's ex-boyfriend
Angel first has an affair with Diana in Bulgaria. Then he decides to choose for a relationship with her younger sister Snezhana (26 years). They have 2 children (born about 2009 and 2012). Angel is violent. Later he will claim in court that in Bulgaria it is normal to beat up your own wife.

The father of the family receives from the EU a loan of 150,000 euros for agriculture. The company goes bankrupt. The family will come from Bulgaria to Germany in 2013.

Snezhana separates in the spring of 2014. He starts stalking her, so in the summer of 2015 she flees with the children to a women's shelter. Angel gets a restraining order, but he doesn't stick to it. For the summer alone, 6 violations have been registered.

The court cannot issue the arrest warrant because the stalker does not have a fixed address. This may indicate a Roma background. Also that he is married to Snezhana on the one hand, on the other hand it is said that the marriage is not valid before the law. It is possible that it is a Roma marriage.

On September 13, 2015, Angel will be at a pizzeria in Munich where his ex-girlfriend works. Her sister Diana and her boyfriend will confront him. Angel then stabs Diana in the middle of the street. Snezhana's children (3 and 6 years old) may be present, who are cared for by her sister.

The perpetrator flees, but gets caught 2 days later.

In January 2017 the trial in the Munich court will begin. In March Angel is sentenced to 12 years and 6 months imprisonment for manslaughter.

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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