Police investigation shows teen a victim of ‘honor’ killing

August 25, 2010, Wednesday/ 15:20:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
A teenager found buried underground two months ago in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır was killed by her brother as part of a decision to cleanse her family’s “honor,” reports from the city yesterday said.The body of 15-year-old Ş.G. was found buried on June 24, in Diyarbakır’s Kayapınar district. An investigation into the circumstances of her death launched by the Diyarbakır Prosecutor’s Office has been concluded, and an indictment was submitted to a court yesterday.

The prosecution accuses the girl’s older brother, Yunus G., of having taped her mouth and strangling her to death with a shoelace. The prosecution says that Ş.G., who was being forced to marry someone determined by her family, ran off to her sweetheart F.T. but returned home when the relationship failed to work out. The young girl ran away from home a number of times after this due to constant pressure from her family, according to the indictment, although it wasn’t clear in the reports what form of pressure the family applied on their daughter. The police found and returned Ş.G. to her family on all occasions until she fled one more time and was raped by two individuals. She later stayed at a state home for girls, from where she ran away six months ago and moved to İstanbul, where she was forced to work in a tavern. She later returned home to Diyarbakır.

The prosecution says the investigators have established that the fingerprints found on the tape on Ş.G.’s mouth belong to her brother Yunus G., who denied the allegation, saying he had no idea how his fingerprints could have gotten on the piece of tape found on the body.The prosecution seeks a life sentence for Yunus G., whose trial will begin in the next few days at the Diyarbakır 1st High Criminal Court.

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