NP: Family guilty in 'honour killing' - Turkish clan gets life for killing rape victim, 16
A Turkish court sentenced five members of the same family to life imprisonment for the "honour killing" of Naile Erdas, 16, who got pregnant as a result of rape, activists said yesterday.
In its verdict, a court in the eastern city of Van sentenced the murder victim's brother to life in jail for the October, 2006, murder to cleanse the family honour, the Van Women's Association (VWA) 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 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," said Mazlum Bagli, a researcher into honour killings at the Dicle University here.
The VWA's Zelal Ozgokce 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 honour killing."
The young woman 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.
After 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 she gave birth, the prosecutor agreed to send her home after her father promised she would not be harmed. But Ms. Erdas was shot dead by her brother a few hours after returning home.
In "honour killings," generally prevalent among Turkey's Kurdish community, a "family council" names one of its members to murder a female relative considered to have sullied the family honour. In most cases this is because of an extramarital affair.
But there have been cases where those killed have been the victims of rape or women who simply talked to strange men or requested a song on the radio.
WE ARE DEALING WITH AN EXTREMELY POISONOUS IDEOLOGY HERE FOLKS - ONE THAT GETS BROTHERS TO MURDER THEIR SISTERS AND TURNS CHILDREN INTO GENOCIDAL SUICIDE BOMBERS.I THINK WE CAN LIBERATE MUSLIMS FROM THIS HIDEOUS IDEOLOGY WITHOUT WAR.