Woman murdered in Aurich: boyfriend arrested

born: 2002
murdered: September 19, 2022
Residence: Aurich (East Frisia)
Origin: Kurds
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her boyfriend (27 years old at the time of the crime)
On the morning of Sept. 19, 2022, a dead Kurdish woman is found in Aurich-Popens in East Friesland. It is unclear whether she is from Turkey, Syria or Iraq. Her boyfriend is arrested at the scene. He is said to be a flight risk. This can be read as "danger of fleeing abroad, going into hiding to escape persecution." It is rumored that there was a threat even before the crime. The neighborhood is described as a problem area.

Family members are obstructing police work, which can be read as an indication that a Kurdish clan is involved. The names are not yet 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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