Honour killing story
Crime: 15 February 2012
Origin: Turkey / Kurds
Perpetrators: 3 Kurds (17-19 years)
This story is mainly presented as gang rape. However, the perpetrators accept the victim's death by leaving the 16-year-old Kurdish woman, badly wounded, bleeding and naked, in the cold - at midnight in February.
What happened? 3 men are 17 to 19 years old. One of the main perpetrators is Ali B., who has lived in Germany since primary school age. From the neighbourhood he knows a young Kurdish woman who is 16 years old, but does not live according to his ideas. She dresses western and goes out without her brothers.
If the Kurdish girl wants to lead a self-determined life and acquaintances want to suppress this with force, then this shows a motive of honour.
On 15 February 2012, 2 of the 3 perpetrators raped Nesrin in an underground parking garage in Worms. The 3rd guards the crime. The press says he's German. But he has a German and a Turkish passport.
The case will be heard before the Regional Court of Mainz. But not much is known, probably because the perpetrators are seen as young people. In September 2012, the two main suspects will each be sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for joint serious sexual abuse of an opposing victim and inflicting serious bodily harm. According to the judge, the act could hardly be surpassed in cruelty. The young woman's life was hanging by a thread. The third offender is given 3 years and 9 months.
A review will take place at the end of 2013. Here is a quote from a newspaper: "The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ordered the retrial in June, because the Regional Court had not worked out the "inner attitude" of the 21-year-old offender clearly enough in a first trial, said a spokesman for the Court on Monday. Apparently, because of the "inner attitude" of the perpetrator, the sentence is reduced from 8 to 6 years.
One of the two main offenders is probably serving the first 6 years of his sentence. He will then be deported from prison to Turkey in March 2018. The second, Ali B., will also be deported. He has served the full six years of his sentence (which is very rare in juvenile detention). He appeals to the Supreme Court in Koblenz and loses. At first Turkey refuses to take him back because his passport expired during his imprisonment. Ali lives with his parents near Worms and is probably under surveillance. Nesrin is not the real name of the woman.
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:
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.