Honour killing story

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Gülperi B.
Born: 1985
Murder contract: 2006
Residence: Hadamar (near Limburg/Hesse)
Origin: Turkey
Children: none
Perpetrator: her father Emin B. (at the time of the crime 45 years old), Kurdish Turk, since 15 years in Germany
Gülperi's father orders his 16-year-old son to kill his sister Gülperi. The reason: she refuses to marry an unknown cousin from Turkey.

Although the murder is not carried out, Gülperi's story is found in this archive. This is because it has many typical elements of an honor killing, including: Forced marriage, order to murder from the clan, order to a minor (punishable under the juvenile justice system), domestic violence, no respect for the young woman's right to live, no respect for the law in force. And the difficulties surrounding questioning a clan in court.

Gülperi's father mentions his profession as Imam, i.e. Muslim cleric. He may have practiced this profession in the past in Turkey. However, in Germany he is unemployed and does not speak German. He lives with two wives and eleven children in Hadamar, Hesse.

The Kurd, who has been in Germany for 15 years, wants to marry off his daughter to a cousin in Turkey. During a stay in Turkey by Gülperi and her 16-year-old brother Ruhi (and possibly two other children), rings will be exchanged in August 2006. Presumably, cousins will be married by an imam.

But the young woman changes her mind and returns the ring. After their return, the father confronts the two. He ties Gülperi to a radiator until she, fearing for her life, promises to marry the cousin he has chosen anyway. Father Emin also beats up his son. With a gun, he threatens to kill Ruhi if he resists his wishes. The police are called in and find the loaded gun behind the sofa. But the son does not want to press charges against his father.

In October 2006, however, Ruhi turns to a teacher who then reports Emin. Later, the son enters the witness protection program.

In front of the Limburg District Court, the other siblings testify in favor of their father. Gülperi also claims that she knew nothing and saw nothing. Emin's "wives" sit in the courtroom wearing white headscarves. On April 23, 2007, the father is sentenced to five and a half years in prison. He appeals, but the Federal Court of Justice rejects his appeal in October 2007.

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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