Honour killing story

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born: 1987
murdered: May 19, 2020
Residence: Freiberg (Saxony)
Origin: Afghanistan
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her husband (39 years old at the time of the crime)
On May 19, 2020, neighbors in an apartment building in Freiberg, Saxony, call the police because of a noisy quarrel. The cops find a dead Afghan woman in the hallway. Her husband has been arrested.

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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