Police in Berlin arrested three Muslim brothers in what appears to be the latest in a series of so-called “honor killings.”
The slaying of a 23-year-old Turkish woman, Hatun Surucu, who died of multiple bullet wounds to the head and chest, bears all the marks of an honor killing, a police psychologist said, according to BBC News.
“In Islamic culture, the woman is the bearer of the family decency,” explained Karl Mollenhauer. “She must maintain the honor of the family. Men must defend that honour.”
It would be the sixth honor killing in as many months among Berlin’s 200,000-member Turkish community and the 45th in the past eight years….
The BBC reported, however, that just yards from the site of the killing, children on a school playground were heard praising it, saying the victim had lived like a German.
Meanwhile, multiculturalism blunts the police response:
Ozcan Mutlu, a Turk on the Berlin city council, complained German authorities have turned a blind eye to the practice, pointing out a Turkish man who beats his wife does not get the same punishment as a German.
The authorities try to explain the disparate treatment as a function of cultural and religious differences, the BBC said, but Mutlu insists there is “no cultural or religious excuse for beating women, and there can be no less punishment for honor killings. But in Germany it was the fact in the past years.”…