Friday, December 18, 2009

Brits Facilitate 'Honour' Killing

A Turkish Brit has murdered his unmarried, pregnant 15-year-old daughter. All indications are that it was one of those "honour" killings. But don't worry--the chap didn't do what he did out of religious conviction but because he was "psychotic." And, anyway, authorities took pains to "honour" his religious sensitivities as a member of a downtrodden minority by repeatedly ignoring the poor girl's cries for help. From the Daily Mail:
A schoolgirl believed to be pregnant was murdered by her 'psychotic' father in an honour killing after police repeatedly ignored her pleas for help.

Mehmet Goren, 49, a bully who terrified his Turkish family, was yesterday found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering his 15-year-old daughter Tulay after she started a relationship with Halil Unal, man from a different Muslim sect.

Yesterday it emerged that Tulay had come into contact with the police seven times in the two months before she died.

Senior officers admitted that 'tell-tale signs' had been ignored and said lessons would be learnt.

They described Tulay and her boyfriend as 'as close to Romeo and Juliet as you can get'.

Her father was brought to justice after the girl's mother Hanim, 45, broke a traditional code of silence to denounce her husband as a murderer in court.

Yesterday Tulay's sister Nuray Guler, who also gave evidence against her father, urged women who found themselves in similar situations to speak out to prevent anyone else falling victim to 'this primitive custom'...
Nice to see these women standing up against this brute, but it would have been even nicer had authorities had done their job in the first place (and not dismissed it as the act of a "psychotic" in the second place).

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