The actual number of honor crimes presumably is much higher. Increased censorship by the police and the media, aimed at stemming anti-immigration sentiments, makes it impossible to know the names and national origins of many victims or perpetrators, or the true circumstances surrounding many murders, which often appear to be honor killings but are downplayed as “domestic disputes”.
Two Kurdish German men accused of helping to kill their sister in 2005 because of her Western lifestyle were acquitted Tuesday in a Turkish court, in the latest failed attempt to prosecute them in a case that became a benchmark for cultural tensions between Turkey and Germany.
The sister, Hatun Surucu, 23, was killed at a Berlin bus stop when her youngest brother fired three bullets into her head. The brothers said the family’s honor had been offended because she divorced the man her family had forced her to marry at age 16, and then began dating and refused to wear a headscarf.
Though her family is ethnically Kurdish, and originally from Turkey, Surucu had been born and raised in Germany. Her murder, after a series of similar so-called honour killings of Muslim women in Germany, sent shock waves through the country.
The trial of a Kurdish man who tied one of his three wives to the back of a car and dragged her through the streets of a town in Lower Saxony has drawn attention to an outbreak of Muslim honor violence in Germany.
Honor violence — ranging from emotional abuse to physical and sexual violence to murder — is usually carried out by male family members against female family members who are perceived to have brought shame upon a family or clan.
A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted two brothers of involvement in the so-called “honor killing” of their sister, Hatun Sürücü, in Berlin 12 years ago.
Judges in Istanbul ruled that there “wasn’t enough explicit and plausible clear evidence” to find the unnamed 36 and 38-year-olds guilty of complicity in the murder. Their younger brother has already served time in a juvenile facility for the crime in Germany.
Hatun Sürücü, 23, a German of Kurdish background, was shot dead on February 7, 2005 by her youngest brother, Ayhan – 19 at the time – while she was standing at a bus stop near her apartment in the Berlin district of Tempelhof. She left a 5-year-old son, born of a forced marriage to her cousin when she was 16. She later divorced her husband.
They beat her before shooting her twice – once in her face and once in her chest.
Rights groups in the U.S. and U.K. believe that transnational honor killings—when family members lure victims overseas to kill them—are a growing phenomenon. From 2010 to 2014, the U.K. human rights think tank the Henry Jackson Society recorded 29 cases of honor killings of people who resided in the U.K., based on media reports. Activists say that what’s striking about the U.K. figure is that 11 of the murders were committed overseas, all of them in Pakistan. It’s impossible to say what the true extent of these out-of-country killings are, the society warned: “There are no reliable figures on the total number of female British residents and/or citizens who have been killed abroad in the name of honor.”
JACOBABAD – A man shot both his wives dead ‘to reclaim his honour’ in Jacobabad district of Sindh province.
Sikandar Ali Dasti shot his wives – Laghari, 35, and Zareena, 25 – in the Alipur area. Both women died on the spot, according to the police.
The accused had fled after committing the crime.
The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the case of a man convicted of murdering his three sisters and another woman.
Hamed Shafia had asked the top court for leave to appeal, arguing new evidence showing he was a youth at the time of the deaths should not have been dismissed.
On Friday, the SCC announced it will not hear the appeal, as usual giving no reason for the decision.
An Indian father slit his daughter’s throat with a meat cleaver and dumped her body on her boyfriend’s doorstep in a suspected honour killing, police said today.
The father is accused of knifing his 15-year-old daughter when she started dating a teenager he did not approve of in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh state.
The boyfriend allegedly sneaked into the girl’s house early on Tuesday but was caught by her mother and handed over to police, police officer Shivraj Singh said.
Both their Muslim families had disapproved of the relationship because the teenagers came from the same caste.
“His little sister, educated like him, is 15 years old. She has a Facebook account, wears jeans and frequents a boyfriend, and in this family of Chechen origin arrived in France ten years ago, this apparently does not happen. There would be a real discrepancy between the way of life of the mother, who never leaves, and that of the daughter of the family.
This generates tension so much that the son awakens with a start , on the 6 am shots Wednesday morning. He gets out of bed, seizes a knife and stabs the sister in her sleep.”
KABUL, Afghanistan — An armed mob that included relatives of a young woman who had eloped with her lover stormed a police station holding the couple in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend, then dragged the lovers off and killed them, officials and witnesses said.
The mob wounded three police officers, one of them seriously, the officials and witnesses said Sunday and Monday in providing accounts of the couple’s violent deaths, often called honor killings.
The woman, Fatiha, 18, was described as having been married against her will and eloping instead with a young man, Hedayatullah, believed to be in his early 20s, from a neighboring village in Wama District of Nuristan Province. But on Saturday the police caught and arrested the couple on suspicion of adultery.
Within hours an armed mob formed at the police station, led by Fatiha’s husband and his family, but also including her brothers and cousins, the officials and witnesses said.
Newly released home movies show the creepy relationship Yaser Abdel Said had with his two daughters he is accused of murdering in a motel parking lot.
Home video shows Said lurking in the bedrooms of daughters Sarah, 17, and Amina, 18, making leering comments at his children.
In a clip, the father says: ‘Nice legs. Mmm very nice.’ He tells this to his teenage daughters as he pans over their legs with the camera as they lie in bed.
Trump ordered DHS to track and publicly release data on gender-based violence against women committed by foreign nationals every six months, and to produce numbers on foreign nationals in the country charged with or convicted of terror-related offenses. The command was part of an order suspending all refugee entry into the country for 120 days.
If a father shoots his adult daughter in the head three times while asleep in her bed, then claims it was an accident, it sounds too bizarre to believe.
Something like this could not happen here in America. Or could it?
Authorities say that’s exactly what happened in Rocky River, Ohio, on Sept. 27, leaving the community in shock and disbelief.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — It was just a few seconds, a video clip of several young women laughing and clapping to music, dressed for a party or a wedding in orange headscarves and robes with floral patterns. Then a few more seconds of a young man dancing alone, apparently in the same room.
The cellphone video was made six years ago, in a village deep in Kohistan, a rugged area of northwest Pakistan. It was the last time the young women, known only as Bazeegha, Sareen Jan, Begum Jan, Amina and Shaheen, have ever been definitively seen alive.