Honour killing story

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Rabiya A. born: 1992
Attempted murder: 26 December 2013
Residence: Landau
Origin: Turkey
Children: 1 baby
Perpetrator: her husband Fatih (22 years old)
Rabiya and Fatih will get to know each other through the internet in the summer of 2012. Her family probably has reservations. Therefore, Fatih "kidnaps" half a year later his bride to Turkey for the wedding.

In April 2013 the two will move to a shared apartment in Landau. Fatih is a warehouse worker and violent. Pregnant Rabiya moves back to her parents. Three months later she returns to her husband. On Boxing Day 2013 he strangles her to unconsciousness and then rams a butcher knife in her back 6 times.

With the then three months old daughter, Fatih goes to an uncle (41) and confesses to the crime. They go to the apartment and call the ambulance.

Against all odds, Rabiya survives. The murder weapon was taken from her back at the hospital.

Fatih was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for attempted murder in the autumn of 2014. The psychiatric report talks about antisocial tendencies - but is full of guilt. Fatih told the psychiatrist that his wife did not deserve to live.

Although the judgment is final, the case will be recalled in 2015. It concerns the duration of the detention and the conditional preventive detention. Fatih says the sentence is too long for him. In the meantime the marriage has been dissolved.

The judge makes it clear that there would have been good reasons for a life sentence. However, if the defence is reviewed, the sentence may not be increased. It therefore remains at 11 years imprisonment for an almost completed murder and the reservation of preventive custody. It is not unlikely that Fatih would be a danger to his daughter if she did not live according to his will.

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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