Honour killing story

Rokstan Malak
born: 1995
stabbed to death: 2 October 2015
Location: Bitterfeld / Dessau
Origin: Syria / Kurds
Children: she may have been pregnant
Perpetrator: probably her family: father Hasso / Hisso Malak, mother Roda, 2 brothers
Rockhstan is a 20-year-old interpreter from Syria. Since 2013 she lives in Germany, first with her family, then in a women's shelter in Bitterfeld.

Under pressure she returns to her family. Rokstan is considered to be well integrated in Germany. A photo shows her in a grey sweatshirt without a headscarf.

On October 2, 2015, Rockstan will be stabbed and reported missing. Her body is found the next day in a gazebo in Dessau.

The police are looking for male relatives. The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs is informed. Her father is probably involved, but has already left for Syria.

The motive is that Rokstan was raped in Syria by 3 soldiers. Since then she is considered unclean in her family. Although she was the victim, she is considered to have tarnished the honour of the family.

In the autumn of 2018, the press reported that no charges had yet been filed. Although Rokstan said during her life that her mother had tried to kill her several times, she (the mother) lives unharmed in Dessau. There is even a recorded telephone conversation in which the mother orders someone to kill Rokstan. The father is still wanted with an international arrest warrant. There is also a vague indication that Rokstan was pregnant. Maybe she also aborted the child. But the case is unclear. At a certain moment it is also said that Rokstan was strangled (not stabbed).

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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