Honour killing story

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Kader K.
born: 1988
attempted murder: 20 November 2016
Location: Hameln (Lower Saxony)
Origin: Turkey / Kurds
Children: 1 son (2 years)
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Nurretin B. (38 years)
In August 2013 Kader will marry her friend Nurretin, first with a Kurdish wedding, later with an Islamic ceremony. They do not officially marry for civil status because Nurretin is already married to another woman and has not yet divorced. They live in Bad Münder near Hannover and have a son, born in January 2014. They probably all have German passports and belong to Turkish Kurdish extended families. Other reports say they are two Arab clans from Lebanon and Turkey.

Two months after birth Kader distances herself and moves to her mother in Hameln. Nurretin will not accept this. He threatens her. Kader goes to the police and turns him in. The police give a speech about the danger. At this moment the perpetrator has remarried, this time to a Syrian woman.

On 20 November 2016, Nurretin will bring his son home at the end of the weekend. He stabs his ex-girlfriend once in the chest and once in the stomach. He then puts a sling around her neck, attaches the rope to the tow bar of his car, accelerates and drags her through several streets. Their son is in the car. It is possible that he has seen his mother before or that he can hear her screaming while driving.

The rope comes loose, pedestrians find the woman seriously injured. Kader is operated on, a helicopter takes her to a special clinic, where she is operated on again, but her life is still in danger.

Nurretin reports himself to the police. The police speak of security measures because they are afraid of reprisals by large extended families.

A Kurdish neighbour gives her opinion in the media: in her community the men are "always so extreme". They always wanted to strike immediately and threatened murder. It would not be accepted if women became too confident. She also points to the proud expression on the perpetrator's face at the time of his arrest, which can be seen in the photographs. This aspect is also characteristic of honour killings: the perpetrator is firmly convinced that he has done the right thing. He has shown publicly that he is capable, by all means at his disposal, of asserting his claim to power and thus restoring his honour.

In January 2017, Kader will be questioned by the police. As she is still unstable, the interrogation must be stopped. However, she has been fired from the clinic and is probably in a rehabilitation clinic.

In May 2017, the attempted murder trial at the Hanover Regional Court will begin. Kader testifies that women are slaves to the perpetrator. The plea was made in the same month: The Public Prosecutor's Office on life imprisonment, the defence on 14 years imprisonment. The perpetrator is sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. Compensation for pain and suffering is agreed.

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