Honour killing story

Ina B. and Annegret N.
born: 1982, 1957
shot dead: 11 October 2001
Residence: Melle (near Osnabrück)
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Turkey / Yazidi
Children: Ina: presumably none, Hanni: unclear
Perpetrator: Ina's ex-boyfriend Erdal Ak (20 years old)
On October 11, 2001, a 20-year-old Yazidi Turk shoots 2 doctor's assistants in their practice. One is his ex-girlfriend Ina, who had broken up with him 2 months earlier. The other is her colleague Annegret, named Hanni. Perhaps she was protecting Ina. Both women bleed to death on the spot.

The perpetrator is a petty criminal who was already stalking his ex-girlfriend. The profession is given as a painter. He flees in his mother's car, but turns himself in to the police in the evening.

Erdal was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the district court of Osnabrück in 2002, citing wounded sense of honor as a motive. Because he was still an adolescent at the time of the crime, he was paroled in 2010.

In May 2019, Erdal shot himself to death at the age of 38 in a hotel in Bielefeld.

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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