Honour killing story

born: 1976
stabbed to death: 2 October 2015
Residence: Heilbronn
Origin: Turkey
Children: 4
Perpetrator: her ex-husband (40 years)
On 2 October a man murders his ex-wife in the early morning in the station area of Heilbronn. First he tries to strangle her with her headscarf. Then he stabs a knife in her chest and back 15 times. Finally he cuts her throat. A passer-by finds the seriously injured woman around 5 o'clock and calls the police. The victim dies at the scene of the crime.

A few days later, the ex-husband was arrested at a border crossing between Hungary and Romania. The perpetrator's father is behind the wheel of the car. He is transferred to Germany.

In May 2016, the trial before the court of Heilbronn will begin. It turns out that the perpetrator has repeatedly threatened with murder if his ex-wife does not return to him. He also threatened the 4 children. During the 25-year marriage there have been repeated reports of violence, which were then withdrawn under pressure from the family. Eventually a restraining order was obtained, but the perpetrator did not comply with it.

The murder happened the day before the planned wedding of his eldest son. So the father probably wanted to prove that he could enforce his will by force if necessary.

In June 2016, the offender is sentenced to life imprisonment without establishing the particular seriousness of the guilt. The judge pointed out that the offender's family supported him in his escape and did nothing about the crime. There was a commotion in the courthouse.

The names of the perpetrators and victims are not known. We're happy with some clues!

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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