Honour killing story

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Mizgin A.
born: 1996
stabbed to death: May 4, 2021
Residence: Backnang (near Stuttgart)
Origin: Syria / Kurds
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend (29 years old at the time of the crime)
On May 4, 2021, a Syrian man murders his girlfriend in their shared flat in Backnang near Stuttgart. Both are Kurds, born in Syria, nothing is known about children. Possibly Mizgin is a dental assistant and on maternity leave.

After the crime, the perpetrator crashes, flees on foot, is apprehended and tips off the police. The officers find Mizgin's body.

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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