Honour killing story

Hülya G.
born 1976
stabbed to death: 5 March 2002
Residence: Berlin
Origin: Turkey
Children: one daughter, 10 years old at the time of the crime
Perpetrator: Hülya's 19-year-old brother Ahmed Calp (born in Germany)
Hülya is married off in Turkey at the age of 14 to Devrim, who is six years older. The couple moves to Berlin, and at age 16 Hülya gives birth to their daughter. But problems soon arise and Hülya flees their shared flat several times.

She presumably falls in love with a German one day and moves in with him.

The husband informs Hülya's brother. Together Devrim and Ahmet drive to the Treptower apartment of the new boyfriend. They find Hülya alone.

An argument ensues because the brother is convinced that Hülya has tarnished his honor. He then stabs her five times with the 20 centimeter long blade of a kitchen knife.

Maybe her husband is still trying to help her. But it is more likely that the clan chose the 19-year-old brother as the perpetrator because he is covered by the juvenile justice system (which is often applied up to age 21). Hülya bled to death while still in the apartment. She turned 26 years old.

In September 2002, Ahmet is sentenced to seven and a half years (for manslaughter, not murder). After four years, he is released early "for good behavior" and on December 17, 2011, shoots his compatriot Recep Aksu over a drug dispute. Ahmed is now 29 years old and is wanted by police throughout Europe.

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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