Honour killing story

Sampre B.
born: 1984
stabbed to death: 14 October 2013
Residence: Munich-Giesing
Origin: Greece/Turkish border
Children: 2 sons (6 and 8 years)
Perpetrator: her divorced husband Taifoun A. (33 years)
Taifoun belongs to the Turkish minority in Greece, comes from the Greek-Turkish border area and is a Muslim. He will probably marry Sampre around 2005. They have two sons.

At the beginning of 2011 the family comes to Germany. With the move, the relationship is in crisis. Several cases of domestic violence have been registered. Taifoun threatens to throw acid in his wife's face or "stab her". Sampre withdrew her indictment twice and refused to testify. In 2013 she succeeds and Taifoun is evicted from the apartment by the court. A restraining order is imposed.

But Taifoun, who probably only speaks Turkish and works as a kitchen help, doesn't stick to it. On October 14, 2013, he lies in the stairwell waiting for his wife and stabs her to death. A neighbour warns the police. The emergency doctor can only determine Sampres' death. The sons are at school and kindergarten at the time of the crime. Later Taifoun reports himself to the police. The sons are placed in youth care.

It is said that relatives of the perpetrator cried when the body was taken away - but not for the dead woman, but for Taifoun, who is now in custody.

In February 2015, the perpetrator will be sentenced to life imprisonment by the Munich Regional Court. 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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