Honour killing story

Nafiye H. and Amir N.
born: 1987 and 1996
stabbed: August 17, 2019
Residence: Iserlohn / Bergisch Gladbach
Origin: victims: Kosovo and Afghanistan; perpetrator: Kosovo
Children: at least 1 daughter (2 months at that time)
Perpetrator: her husband Shpeytim H. (43 years old at the time of the crime)
Shpejtim comes to Germany in 2001 and gets a residence permit by marrying a German. The marriage has meanwhile been terminated. Shpejtim is looking for a new wife in Kosovo and will marry Nafiye in 2013. Also for her it is the 2nd marriage. Later the couple comes to Germany. They live in Bergisch Gladbach. Whether they have children together is unknown. There are reports of domestic violence. In 2018 Nafiye becomes pregnant with an Afghan (or Pakistani) who also lives in Bergisch Gladbach. She flees to the women's shelter in Solingen, later Iserlohn. In the summer of 2019 she gives birth to the child.

On bank statements Shpejtim finds proof that his wife is withdrawing money in Iserlohn. On August 17, 2019, he stabs his wife and her 9-year younger Afghan boyfriend at the station in Iserlohn. Amir dies after 60 stabs on the platform. The corpse of the woman in the nearby parking garage has 11 stab wounds, she bled to death. The perpetrator is arrested, the knife is confiscated.

The baby was in Nafiye's car in the parking garage during the act. He will be placed under the care of the youth care, and later be placed in a foster family. Nafiye stay in Germany was tolerated, there is nothing known about the residence status of the two men.

The trial will start in February 2020 at the regional court of Hagen. In April, the perpetrator will be sentenced to life imprisonment. The particular seriousness of the guilt is determined.

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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