Hege Storhaug, HRS
Som rights skrev om tidligere i år, ble et 16 år gammel jente i Tyrkia, Medine, begravd levende av sin egen familie for ”usømmelig” adferd; hun hadde hatt kontakt med. Dette utløste debatt om ”æresdrap”, der det fremkommer at i landet som ønsker medlemskap i EU har halvparten av drapene verdimessig bakgrunn i kultur basert på trusler, frykt, løgn, bekenektelse og utstrakt bruk av vold – og der blodpenger brukes for å gjøre opp konflikter. Dette er tyrkiske myndigheters versjon – altså at antallet slike drap ligger på 50 prosent av samtlige begåtte drap. Hvordan kan dette rime med Eurostat sine tall som sier at i perioden 2005 – 2007 (siste figurer) hadde Tyrkia om lag 4 400 drap årlig? melder Guardian:
The following correction was printed in the Guardian’s Corrections and clarifications column, Wednesday 24 February 2010.
The article below reported the arrest of relatives on suspicion of killing a teenager for having friendships with boys. More than 200 such killings take place each year, said the piece, «accounting for around half of all murders in Turkey«. According to Eurostat, Turkey’s yearly murder rate averaged 6.1 per 100,000 population between 2005 and 2007 (the latest figures), meaning that the 200 are actually set against an annual total of about 4,400.
Turkish police have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl they say was buried alive by relatives in an «honour» killing carried out as punishment for talking to boys.
The girl, who has been identified only by the initials MM, was found in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-metre hole dug under a chicken pen outside her home in Kahta, in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman.
Police made the discovery in December after a tip-off from an informant, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on its website.
The girl had previously been reported missing.
The informant told the police she had been killed following a family «council» meeting.
Her father and grandfather are said to have been arrested and held in custody pending trial. It is unclear whether they have been charged. The girl’s mother was arrested but was later released.
Media reports said the father had told relatives he was unhappy that his daughter – one of nine children – had male friends. The grandfather is said to have beaten her for having relations with the opposite sex.
A postmortem examination revealed large amounts of soil in her lungs and stomach, indicating that she had been alive and conscious while being buried. Her body showed no signs of bruising.
The discovery will reopen the emotive debate in Turkey about «honour» killings, which are particularly prevalent in the impoverished south-east.
Official figures have indicated that more than 200 such killings take place each year, accounting for around half of all murders in Turkey.