Germany: Afghan-German girl murdered, brother suspected

Police investigating the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old German girl of Afghan origin are searching for her brother on suspicion he carried what media believe may have been an "honor killing".

Police said on Friday they were conducting an all-out search for the victim's 23-year-old brother, whom they "strongly suspected" was responsible for the attack in a park in a central area of Hamburg on Thursday night.

A police spokeswoman said the motive was unclear in response to German media speculation that the girl's death from multiple stab wounds was the result of an honor killing.

"We are investigating in all directions," she said.

Locals heard the girl's screams and called for help, but paramedics arriving at the scene were unable to save her, police said.

Concern about honor crimes -- motivated by a desire to defend traditional ideas of family reputation, often when the victim has become involved in what is seen as an unsuitable relationship or way of life -- is growing in Germany, which has the second-largest Muslim population in western Europe.

In a high profile case in 2006, a man of Turkish descent was jailed for shooting dead his sister at a Berlin bus stop after she left her husband to live alone.

Source: Reuters (English)

See also: Germany: The honor culture, Germany: No passport for supporters of "honor" murder, Germany: "honor" murderer sentenced to "life", Germany: 9 years for 'honor' murder


Anonymous said...

The STOP HONORCIDE! campaign was launched on Mother's Day 2008. The goal of the campaign is to prosecute honorcides to the fullest extent of the law. We want honorcide to be classified as a hate crime and we advocate for every existing hate crime legislation to be amended to include honorcide.

Anonymous said...

It never brings me any pleasure to read about these murders. But at least in this case the authorities are aware that they might be dealing with a dishonor killing. That is progress of a sort.

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