Honour killing story

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Tugba and Ersan
Born: 1988, 1982
Attempted murder: May 16, 2005
Residence: Munich
Origin: Turkey
Children: none
Perpetrators: Hakan Ö. (23 years old at the time of the crime) and Oguz A. (27 years old)
Hakan was born in Munich in 1982 and grew up with his grandparents in Izmir, Turkey. He returned to Munich when he was 10 years old. His parents' marriage broke up. The mother flees to a women's shelter a few times. In February 1998, she has his father Mehmet killed. The assassins are not caught. The mother is deprived of custody, Hakan is 16 at that time, his sister 10. They are sent separately to homes, later together to an uncle.

For the contract killing, the mother, Sevil Ö., is sentenced to life imprisonment in February 2000. Hakan testified against her during the trial and is therefore under police protection for a year. He himself is convicted of complicity because the mother had informed him of her plans.

With this history, Hakan feels like the head of the family. He insists on controlling his younger sister. The latter, however, is becoming more confident. In May 2005, Hakan finds a broken condom pack at her house. He beats her up and breaks her nasal bone. Then he puts a knife to the throat of her 23-year-old boyfriend, Ersan E., and beats him up too. He abuses them both for hours in Tugba's apartment. Then he calls out to friends (ages 26-28), "We need to help someone off the earth."

Hakan forces Ersan to get into his friends' car. The 27-year-old Oguz puts a loaded gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger. But no shot was fired. In court, there will be talk of a mock execution.

Ersan is a Bundeswehr soldier with Turkish roots. He had met Tugba in December 2004. Only two months after the crime did the two file charges, probably at the insistence of their superiors in the Bundeswehr. Ersan suffers from panic attacks.

In the trial, the court psychologist reported that Hakan had told him that his father had been too soft. He had learned from his uncle how to defend his family's honor.

In September 2006, the Munich Regional Court sentenced Hakan and Oguz to 5 years in prison. The two accomplices are given 18 months each.

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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