Honour killing story

Tanja (and her employer)
born: 1977
shot dead: 22 October 1999
Residence: Aschaffenburg
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Albania
Children: probably none
Perpetrator: her boyfriend (25 years old at the time of the crime)
A 25-year-old Albanian shoots his girlfriend to death in Aschaffenburg on October 22, 1999. She is a dental assistant in the practice of Dr. Josef Dölger (age 53). The perpetrator then shoots the dentist and then himself.

Tanja is not the victim's real name. Nothing is known about the motive. Most likely it is about honor.

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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