Honour killing story

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Snijezana B.
born: 1966
Killed: July 16, 2020
Residence: Limburgerhof (Rhineland-Palatinate)
Origin: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her husband Ostoja (55 years old at the time of the crime)
On July 16, 2020, Ostoja murders his wife with a baseball bat and calls the police. The cops find the dead woman with a crushed skull. The arrest warrant is for treasonous murder. Nothing more is known.

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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