Honour killing story

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born: 1986
stabbed: August 9, 2015
Residence: Modautal (near Darmstadt)
Origin: Victim: Germany; Offender: Turkey
Children: 2 (7 and 10 years)
Perpetrator: her husband Enver G. (34 years)
On the age of 16, Nadine meets Enver, who is 6 years older. First they live with their parents, get married and have a son and a daughter. During the 13-year relationship there are repeated threats (including death threats). Nadine has to break off her contacts, also with her parents. She is not allowed to leave the house alone, she is not allowed to go to her employer's Christmas party, her mobile phone is being checked.

It is possible that there will be a short divorce in 2015 and Nadine will return to her parents with the children for a few days.

On August 9, 2016, Nadine will announce an affair. Enver stabs her with a craft knife. The son witnesses the 24 stab wounds. The daughter is asleep. A neighbour is frightened by the screams, comes to the scene and sees Enver stabbing his wife on the terrace. She tries to stop Enver. He flees by car, but is later arrested in Darmstadt. The police find the knife in the apartment. Two weeks later Nadine succumbs to her injuries.

In July 2016, the trial before the District Court of Darmstadt will begin. Enver claims that Nadine was the first to attack him, he doesn't want to remember the rest. In November he was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

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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