Dutch-Turk faces 30 years for 'honour killing'

15th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

15 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor in Turkey has asked a court to impose a 30-year jail term on a Dutch-Turkish man who allegedly shot and killed his daughter, 18, for "dishonouring" the family.

15 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — The public prosecutor in Turkey has asked a court to impose a 30-year jail term on a Dutch-Turkish man who allegedly shot and killed his daughter, 18, for "dishonouring" the family.

The man, who has both Turkish and Dutch nationality, has a home in the Dutch city Almelo.

He is facing charges in the Aksaray Court in Turkey that he used a hunting rifle to murder his daughter, Zarife, in August 2003. Both were on holiday in Turkey when the killing took place.

Prior to Zarife's death, the father and daughter often argued about her traditional upbringing. The man regularly accused his daughter of bringing shame to the family, an NOS news report said.

Turkish legislation changed in July 2003 and authorities no longer consider mitigating circumstances in so-called family "honour" killings.

The murder of Zarife was made public in September 2003 by the Twente Regional Training Centre (ROC), where the girl was studying.

The school director pleaded at the time for a public debate over family honour, claiming that he knew of three serious cases of violence committed against migrant women as a result of cultural conflicts within their family.

Almelo police also have a large file about the tensions in Zarife's family, which heightened last year when the teenager moved into a battered women's refuge. Despite this, she departed with her family for the holiday to Turkey in June 2003.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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