Hatun Sürücü


Hatun Sürücü

Hatun Aynur Sürücü (also spelled Hatin Sürücü; January 17, 1982 in BerlinFebruary 7, 2005 in Berlin) was a German-Kurdish woman whose family was originally from Erzurum, Turkey. She was murdered at the age of 23 in Berlin, by her own youngest brother, in a so-called honor killing. Sürücü had divorced the cousin she was forced to marry at the age of 16, and was reportedly dating a German man. Her murder inflamed a public debate over forced marriage in Muslim families.

Sürücü was sent back to her village by her family and was forced to marry a cousin there at the age of 16, and gave birth to a son in 1999. In October 1999, she fled her parent's home, finding refuge in a home for underage mothers. She attended school, and had moved into her own apartment in the Tempelhof neighborhood of Berlin. At the time of her murder, she was at the end of the training to become an electrician.

Murder

On February 7, 2005, at a busstop in front of her apartment she was killed by three gunshots to the head. The police arrested her three brothers on the 14th of February. The motive of honor killing was assumed, since she had received and reported numerous death threats to police before the murder.

Prosecution

In July, 2005, the Berlin Public Prosecutor's office charged Sürücü's brothers with her murder. On September 14, 2005, Ayhan Sürücü, the youngest brother, confessed to murdering his sister.

In April, 2006, Ayhan was sentenced to nine years and three months in prison, and his two older brothers were acquitted of charges of conspiring to murder their sister. The prosecution appealed on a point of law at the Federal Court of Justice, the Bundesgerichtshof, immediately and the 5. criminal division of the Federal Court of Justice overturned the conviction and allowed the revision. A new criminal proceeding will take place in August 2008. [Pressemitteilung des Bundesgerichtshofs Nr. 117/07 vom 28. August 2007] [ [http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/Polizei-Justiz-Fall-Sueruecue-Integration;art126,2361361 Sürücü-Mord kommt wieder vor Gericht ] ]

Public Outrage

Sürücü's murder was the sixth incident of "honor" killing since October, 2004. Public anger was aroused by an incident at a high school near the scene of the crime some days after Hatun Sürücü was killed, when some male students of Kurdish and Turkish origin reportedly applauded the crime. During a class discussion on the murder, one allegedly said that she "only had herself to blame," while another remarked "She deserved what she got -- the whore lived like a German." The Director of the school, Volker Steffens, sent a strongly-worded letter to students of the school and their parents, warning that the school would not tolerate incitement against freedom.

On February 22, 2005, a vigil called by the Berlin Gay and Lesbian association was held at the scene of the crime, which was attended by about 100 Germans and Turks together. A second vigil, called for by German politicians and artists was held on the 24th of February.

Sürücü's murder, and several similar cases in Germany and elsewhere in Europe have been cited by political opponents of Turkey's admission to the European Union, as an example of disregard for human rights in the Turkish culture.

The Sürücü family's behaviour again sparked public outrage when Hatun's sister Arzu applied for custody of Hatun's six-year-old son Can who lives with a foster family in Berlin since the murder of his mother. [Hannah Cleaver: [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/04/19/whon19.xml Anger as 'honour killing' family try to adopt victim's son] , "Telegraph (UK)", April 19, 2006] Eight months later the district court of Berlin-Tempelhof rejected the request. [n-tv.de: [http://www.n-tv.de/746517.html Kein Sorgerecht für Sürücüs] , 20. Dezember 2006] Arzu Sürücü appealled this decision but was rejected. [Spiegel Online: [http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/0,1518,464439,00.html Sorgerechts-Gezerre um Hatun Sürücüs Sohn] , 5. Februar 2007]

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4345459.stm „'Honour killing' shocks Germany"] , BBC, 14 March, 2005
* [http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,druck-344374,00.html „The Death of a Muslim Woman. "The Whore Lived Like a German""] , Der Spiegel, March 2, 2005

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