Kurdish woman shot dead at German wedding: To what degree did the fear of speaking out and intimidation lead to one daughter being murdered at the hands of her cousin?
A Kurdish father, Ghazi H, 50, has posted a picture of his slain daughter lying in a pool of blood on Facebook after the woman was shot dead at a German wedding after refusing an arranged marriage to her cousin.
In his post the father wrote that his ‘beloved’ daughter Shilan paid with her life after declining the overtures of a cousin at a wedding ceremony in Hanover.
Read the father’s post underneath the image of his slain daughter: ‘It is with the deepest sense of loss and pain that I announce the loss of my daughter. She died in a pool of her own blood, as a victim of a treacherous tradition.’
To date the murdered Kurdish woman’s assailant remains at large after her March 13 shooting death.
In local media the father described his family having fled Iraq for Germany when his daughter was just three, with the daughter growing up as a self-confident young woman with German citizenship, studying property management at college in Hanover.
In describing what led up to the carnage, the Kurdish father told of his two brothers, Numan H and Hassan H trying to arrange a marriage for the young woman to her cousin Sefin, 22, with his daughter refusing.
She told her father that she did not love the man she was supposed to marry, and rejected the suggestion.
He said that he had left his brother looking after his family including his daughter while he was working on a project in Iraq.
Nevertheless the father told how, behind his back, his brother decided to marry his son off to Shilan, and had already started to make the arrangements.
When he returned, he said: ‘She begged me to do something and so I cancelled the engagement.’
Wrote the father on facebook after the shooting: ‘Numan and his son Sefin, this murderer, would not accept that! They decided to take revenge, to continue the tradition.’
He continued: ‘At 13:03 at 10am she was killed with 3 shots to the head of her own cousin.’
Police have a warrant for the arrest of Sefin, but to date the cousin continues to elude arrest.
And then there was this sobering reflection courtesy of timesofindia:
Due to stigma and fear about speaking out, it is unknown precisely how many women are intimidated into arranged marriages every year. However, at least 3,500 women seek counselling and support services for the issue every year in Germany.