They Killed Her For Going Out With Boys: Honor Killings in Turkey In Light Of Turkey’s Accession To The European Union And Lessons For Iraq

Sait Kina’s thirteen year old daughter, Dilber Kina, “talked to boys on the street” and repeatedly tried to run away from home. In June 2001, during what would become her final attempt to leave, she was caught by her father in their Istanbul apartment. Using a kitchen knife and an ax, he beat and stabbed his daughter “until she lay dead in the blood-smeared bathroom of the . . . apartment.” Kina then “commanded one of his daughters-in-law to clean up the [blood]” and had his sons discard the corpse. Upon his arrest, Kina told authorities that he had “‘fulfilled [his] duty.’”

Kina’s daughter-in-law said, of the killing: “‘He did it all for his dignity.’” “Your sister has done wrong. You have to kill her.”

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