Prosecution wants life sentence for father, uncle in ‘honor killing’

Prosecution wants life sentence for father, uncle in ‘honor killing’

Women in the southeastern Anatolia are too often victims of "honor killings," a term which refers to the killing of the women believed to have stained family honor.

October 08, 2009, Thursday/ 16:12:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Prosecutors have demanded life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murder of a woman from a Diyarbakır village, allegedly by her father and uncle.An investigation started by the Diyarbakır and Hani state prosecutors' offices after the body of 19-year-old Tuba Kılıç was found on Sept. 12, 2008, three days after she went missing in Diyarbakır's Hani district, is complete and the prosecution has pressed charges against her father, M., and her uncle, A., accusing them of premeditated murder within the context of an honor killing. In the charges filed against them, the prosecution alleges that during the period of time that the woman was missing, her father and uncle went about their lives as usual in Kırım village, spending time playing games at the local coffeehouse and failing to express any expected reaction at her absence. The family did not report her as missing to any authorities, telling other villagers that they had “left the incident to God.”

Kılıç's body was found by an old marble refinery near the village. An autopsy revealed that she had died three days before the gruesome discovery, and while there were no signs of sexual assault, she had an 18-centimeter cut across her neck.

 The prosecution charges in its indictment that the murder was an honor killing and that pressures related to the woman's interactions with men in the conservative village had led her male relatives to kill her. The prosecution examined the woman's cell phone records and found that her last call was to her boyfriend, H.K. He told the prosecution that the day Kılıç supposedly got “lost,” she had called him. “Her voice seemed very tense. She said she was at home -- it was as if she was afraid someone would see her talking on the phone. She was in a hurry, she suggested we elope and said ‘otherwise they'll kill me.' I didn't believe what she said, so I didn't accept her proposal,” H.K. told prosecutors. Investigators extracted male DNA from a cigarette butt found near the woman's body but have not been able to find evidence incontestably linking her relatives to her death, such as the murder weapon.

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