honoring the victim, in Turkey
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 13, 2009
This snippet of a news article from Agence France Presse has been making its way through various English-language Middle East-based newspapers and blogs. The poor girl – she must have spent the final nine months of her life in such terror. Thank goodness for the judicial system.
A Turkish court sentenced five members of the same family to life imprisonment for the so-called “honor killing” of Naile Erdas, 16, who got pregnant as a result of rape, activists said Monday. In its verdict Friday, a court in the eastern city of Van sentenced the murder victim’s brother to life in jail for the 2006 murder to “cleanse the family honor,” the Van Women’s Association said.The girl’s father, mother and two uncles were also given life sentences for instigating the murder, while a third uncle was jailed for 16 years and eight months for failing to report the murder in one of the heaviest sentences ever handed down in Turkey for such a killing. “We can say this verdict is a first in terms of the harshness of the sentences and the fact that the entire family was convicted,” Mazlum Bagli, a researcher into honor killings at the Dicle University here, told AFP.
Zelal Ozgokce of the Van Women’s Association also welcomed the sentence as an appropriate deterrent. “It is very good that the entire family was punished for the crime,” she said. “It will serve as a deterrent. People will become aware that they will face the consequences of an honor killing.” Erdas became pregnant as a result of a rape but concealed her condition until she was hospitalized for a severe headache, when doctors determined she was pregnant.When the family made threats and offered bribes to get the girl back, doctors decided to keep her in the hospital and informed police and the prosecutor’s office. One week after Erdas gave birth, the prosecutor agreed to send her home after the girl’s father promised she would not be harmed. But she was shot dead by her brother a few hours after returning home. –