Honour killing story

Susanna Hinkel
born: 1991
killed and strangled: December 16, 2009
Residence: Dresden
Origin: victim: Germany; perpetrator: Pakistan
Children: none
Perpetrator: her boyfriend Syed Asif Raza (age 32 at the time of the crime)
On the morning of December 16, 2009, the manager of a shelter for asylum seekers in Dresden finds the body of Susanna, who has finished her high school education. The police launch a massive manhunt for the alleged perpetrator. It is the 32-year-old Pakistani Syed Asif Raza. He has been residing in Germany since 2006, his asylum claim was rejected. Since he claims to have no passport, he will not be deported. But in reality he has two passports with two different birth years: once he is 23, once 32 years old.

On Easter 2009, he approaches Susanna on the street. The two become a couple. Syed hopes to marry and have a child so he can stay in Germany. Susanna wants to become a teacher of mathematics and physics, but before that she wants to go to Australia for a year. He knocks her down with a rolling pin, the rolling pin breaks, then he strangles her with a cable. He previously stood out for violence against other women. Four charges have been filed.

On December 30, Syed Asif Raza is arrested in Calais in northern France.

In October 2010, Syed Asif is sentenced to life imprisonment by the Dresden Regional Court. The defense appeals (the outcome of which is unknown). A good year later, he calls Susanna's parents from prison. He threatens them that he will come back in 10 years. For this, he receives an additional 6 months in prison.

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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