The following news story comes from Munich. If you follow the link to the German original and look at the links to related stories, you’ll find that it’s just one of many similar cultural enrichment articles published in the newspaper. I could probably fill up this space with such stories every day, and still not have enough time to include them all.
Many thanks to Thorin for the translation:
“Honor killing” in Munich: My daddy stabbed my mummy to death
Girl (3) had to watch the murder of her own mother
Little Sahar (3) is sitting in her relative’s living room in Munich Obersendling. She’s playing silently with plasticine and makes colorful balls and figures. But her child’s eyes are apathetic, far away.
Sahar is still unaware how much the last hours have changed her life. She’s the surviving victim of a terrifying slaughter. The survivor of an “honor killing” — done in the name of the Koran.
It was on the night before Monday, shortly before midnight. Nesima had been quarreling with her husband Zafar (27) for months. Both are originally from Afghanistan; Nesima has grown up in Munich.
In 2004 she was forced into a marriage with Zafar, and her daughter Sahar was born. But when Zafar came to Munich seeking asylum in the end of 2008, Nesima was already living with another man from Afghanistan — his cousin.
The murder was committed in the apartment of Nesima’s niece Sayenab (20). Both were living in the same block of flats. Nesima was on a visit when her husband suddenly knocked violently at the door and shouted: “Open up!”
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When Nesima thought he was gone she left the apartment together with her daughter. But then suddenly her husband came out of the dark corridor and was walking towards her.
“I have called the police,” said Nesima. Then Zafar grabbed her by the wrist and stabbed her with his knife, again, and again, and again.
Eyewitness Sayenab said: “She screamed so terribly. He pulled her into the apartment, into the bathroom.” Nesima broke down bleeding in front of the bathtub, but the husband was still stabbing like mad.
“Doing this he looked into the eyes of his daughter. So I grabbed the girl and fled with her to the balcony.”
Nesima died shortly afterwards in hospital, and her husband delivered himself to the police. He confessed the murder immediately, without remorse, and said: “ The Koran gives me the right to kill my wife, if she’s in love with another man.”
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