Honour killing story

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Kadriye
born: 1953
stabbed: 3 March 2014
Location: Schweinfurt
Origin: Turkey
Children: 2 daughters, 2 sons
Perpetrator: Yusuf Cevic, her divorced husband (72 years)
Kadriye is forced to get married at the age of 14 in Turkey. Her husband Yusuf goes to Germany seven years later as a guest worker and starts a second partnership with a German woman. He brings his eldest son to Germany. This son, however, does not process the news of the lateral marriage very well and goes back to Turkey.

In 1986 Yusuf brought his wife and two children to Germany. He ends the other relationship.

On March 3, 2014, Yusuf will be stabbing his wife at a bus stop in Schweinfurt. Before that - as witnesses in court said - he roared: "I'll ram the knife in your stomach and pull it through to your throat. Passers-by are holding the perpetrator. The victim is taken to a clinic. First, it was said that after an emergency operation, she was out of danger. Three weeks later, she died. A warrant is issued for the arrest of Yusuf. He uses his right to refuse to testify.

The process starts in November. Yusuf testifies that his wife has cursed him. His children testify that the perpetrator has always been a violent father and husband. There had been death threats before.

The age of the spouses is quite unusual for a honour killing. The public staging, on the other hand, indicates that the perpetrator wants to restore his honour for the whole world. Witnesses declare in court that Yusuf called his wife a whore and slut at the time of the crime, which also points to an honor motive.

In January 2015, the regional court of Schweinfurt will sentence the perpetrator to life imprisonment.

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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