Honour killing story

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born: 2007
Murder attempt: 28 May 2019
Residence: Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Children: 4 (?, ?, 17, 15)
Perpetrator: Adham S. (41 years)
In 2017 Adham S., a Kurd from the city of Afrin in the north of Syria, fled via Turkey to the Netherlands. His wife Shania and four children came to Alphen aan den Rijn a year later for family reunification, where they lived in a flat.

Adham lived on social security benefit and sat at home all day. Since the family reunification, the couple would fight almost every day and Adham would have threatened his wife several times with a knife.

On 28 May 2019, Adham stabs his wife five times in her chest with a knife, hitting both lungs and a large vein. The daughter had been stabbed in her heart. In order to save her life she had to be operated on at the crime scene by a doctor flown in by trauma helicopter. The women were in intensive care for several weeks and survived.

Adham was arrested by the police, with blood on his hands, in the porch of the flat.

At the police station and in court, Adham explained that he had drunk three cans of beer and that he had no recollection of the attempted murders.

When a judge wanted to know why he had stabbed, Adham told him that his honour had been compromised. I was always humiliated and laughed at. They stood in front of me. "You're not a man! You're not my father! My daughter was in love with an Arab. I wasn't happy about that. Everything was destroyed by the Arabs."

The judge then asked: "Does that give you the right to do this?" To which the man replied: "I don't know."

'I never wanted this. They themselves are guilty of what happened, they led me to this desperate act,' said Adham S.

The court will rule in two weeks. We have changed the names of the victims.

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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