25-year-old stabbed to death in her apartment. Husband gets life sentence.

born: 1997
Stabbed to death: July 25, 2022
Residence: Titisee-Neustadt (Black Forest)
Origin: Eritrea
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her husband (31 years old at the time of the crime)
Little is known about this case. A couple from Eritrea live in Titisee-Neustadt in Baden-Württemberg. The wife wants a divorce (or is divorced), the husband does not want to accept it. On July 25, 2022, he kills her with 4 knife stabs in the flat they share. The next day he is arrested by the police at a clinic in Neustadt.

In December, the perpetrator is sentenced to life in prison for murder by the Freiburg Regional Court. The names are not known, at one point the perpetrator is said to be from Gambia. It is also possible that the woman is not from Eritrea, but only has an African father. There is also no information about children.

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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