Tuesday, January 29, 2008

German Honour Killing

Further to my post about forced marriage and honour killings the Spiegel reports today the horrific story of the 'execution' of 24 year old Emine See, witnessed by her 5 year old daughter on the way to nursery in Munich. After ambushing and shooting Emine, the Turkish uncle of her ex-husband shot the the little girl in the chest before turning the gun on himself. Emine died at the scene, the uncle died later in hospital and the little girl was admitted to hospital and is expected to survive.

G├╝lsen Celebi, a lawyer who represents Muslim women said it isn't unusual in Muslim culture for a woman who separates from her husband to be forced into marrying into the husband's family so there is no shame brought to the family. She believes it is possible this tragic murder was the result of Emine rejecting the uncle's advances rather than retaliation for divorcing her ex-husband. Either way such behaviour is completely intolerable and totally unacceptable anywhere, but in particular in any modern European country.


ERS,  30 January, 2008 00:42  

Wholly concur with you, Fiona. These dishonor killings are completely, utterly unacceptable wherever they occur.

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

Karen 30 January, 2008 15:15  

What a horrific story. I pray for that young child, victimized in so many ways: by the horror of seeing her mother killed, losing her mother, and the violence done to her.

We cannot tolerate these attacks on women by their male family members over the excuse of "family honor."

It is a shame the cowardly uncle turned the gun on himself. He should have lived to be arrested, tried and convicted. Instead, an innocent child will suffer for his barbarism.

Karen Tintori, author
Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilina-
American Family


Fiona 31 January, 2008 20:40  

Thanks. It's always good to know "i'm not alone.

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