July 3, 2005

Honor killing in Germany?

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:50 pm by billdawson

[editor’s note: this post was “pasted” in — it appeared originally at the old Dawson’s Danube site, which is archived here.]
Did Germany experience another “honor killing” in June? The only source for this that I can find is the sensationalistic Bild Zeitung, which reports that a 24 year-old Turkish man (in Germany) shot his 20 year-old sister six times in a garden house where she lived with her German boyfriend. The Bild report states definitively that the motive for the murder was her love for a German. This may well be true, but I would feel more comfortable seeing from sources other than the Bild. Here is part of their report:

Vor sieben Monaten hatte sich Gönül K. (20) in Michael S. (28) verliebt. Ihre Eltern und die Brüder billigten die Beziehung. Das Paar verlobte sich, wollte heiraten. Vor wenigen Wochen änderte sich alles: Die Eltern waren plötzlich gegen die Verbindung. Die junge Frau wurde verstoßen, mußte ausziehen. Bisher hatte sie mit den Eltern, ihrer Schwester und mehreren Brüdern gelebt. Die Mutter des deutschen Freundes hatte einen Kleingarten. Gönül zog mit dem Verlobten in die Laube. Jetzt, nach nur zehn Tagen, das Drama. Bruder Ali K. (24) besuchte die kleine Schwester, lockte den Freund unter einem Vorwand aus dem Gartenhaus. Dann zog er eine Pistole (9 Millimeter), feuerte sechs Mal auf seine Schwester. Der Killer flüchtete. Der Freund hörte die Schüsse. Er lief zurück ins Gartenhäuschen, fand seine Verlobte, blutüberströmt. Der Bruder hatte ihr in Kopf und Brust geschossen. Die junge Frau starb. […] Der Staatsanwalt: “Er hat gestanden. Es gab keinen religiösen Hintergrund. Das Motiv ist in der Beziehung zu dem Deutschen zu suchen.” Ein Ehrenmord? 20 year-old Gönül K fell in love with 28 year-old Michael S seven months ago. Her parents and brothers approved the relationship. The couple became engaged and wanted to marry. A few weeks ago everything changed: the parents were suddenly against the relationship. The young lady was disowned and forced to move out. Until then she had lived with her parents, her sister and several brothers. The German boyfriend’s mother had a small garten. Gönül and her fiance moved into the garten house. Then, after ten days, the drama. Brother Ali K (24) visited his young sister and lured the boyfriend out of the garten house on some pretext. Then he pulled out a pistol (9 mm) and fired six times at his sister. He then fled. The boyfriend heard the shots and ran back into the garden house, where he found his fiance covered with blood. The brother had shot her in the head and chest. The young lady died. […] The district attorney: “He has confessed. There was no religous reason. The motive is to be found in the relationship with the German. An honor killing?

Maybe. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time.

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