Honour killing story

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born: 1991
stabbed to death: November 26, 2019
Residence: Waldbröl (NRW)
Origin: Perpetrator: Romania
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her husband (41 years old at the time of the crime)
On November 26, 2019 a Romanian man stabs his wife in her apartment. She dies in the clinic. The perpetrator is arrested in the stairwell. He still had the knife with him. Nothing is known about the woman's nationality, not even if the two were Roma.

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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