Honour killing story

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born: 1972
stabbed: 29 January 2010
Residence: Schlüchtern (Hessen)
Origin: Afghanistan
Children: 2 daughters (ages 8, 13), 1 son (age 11)
Perpetrator: her divorced husband Farid (at the time of the crime 40 or 43 years)
Farid studied law in Afghanistan and is fluent in German. He is said to be well integrated. Other sources describe him as short-tempered and "fundamentalist." There is much arguing in his marriage. His wife wants to divorce him and moves out of their shared apartment in the summer of 2009.

On January 29, 2010, however, Khatera is sleeping there again, possibly because one of the children asked her to. Early in the morning, the Afghan stabbed his wife to death with 21 knife stabs in front of their three shared children. In response to court questions, he would later say that he felt relieved afterwards, had washed off the knife and turned himself in to the police.

In front of the Hanau District Court in June 2010, Farid testified that he was proud to stand before the judge and did not want to answer. His oldest daughter had become a stranger to him. The girl goes to high school, has music and ballet lessons. The father does not want her to do any practical studies. Possibly he suspects that he will not be able to marry her off to his liking.

In court it also becomes clear that Farid has been abusing his wife for years. The judges consider it proven that he strategically planned the murder. For this, he is given life imprisonment in June 2010. The particular gravity of the guilt is established.

Khatera is not the woman's real name.

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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