Posts Tagged ‘Danish honour killing’

Ghazala Khan

Ghazala Khan, 19, Denmark.

In 2006, Ghazala’s brother and father were given life sentences and an aunt, three uncles and a family friend were also found guilty for being part of her murder.

The family had tracked down Ghazala after she eloped with long-term boyfriend Emal Khan, and they invited her to a ‘reconciliation meeting’ at Slagelse railway station, to kill her. Her husband was shot twice in the stomach, but survived. Mobile phone records demonstrated that all the family members were present in the area where the murder was carried out, and they were all in constant contact with each other.

The jury in the case suffered threats and vandalism while hearing the case..

Ghazala’s murder had been ordered by her father to save the family honour.

She had run away in September because telling her family about her marriage desires had lead to her being beaten and a prisoner in her room. She escaped to live with her boyfriend and they moved around to live with friends and repeatedly contacted the police for protection, but were denied help.











The train on the tracks,


With the ebbs and flows

Launching forward, backward,

Forward again.


The air is still.

Betraying a secret,

A sacred bond between parent and child,

To be broken.


By blood.

Her blood.

In its purest form.


She loved,

It was denied.

She tried,

It was trampled,

She hoped,

It was delayed.

She finally trusted,

It was broken.


How can you who gave her life

think you have the right to take it away?

You, mortal, the most broken of all,

Think, she is anyone’s but Gods?


She is Gods!

He  put soul into her being,

And love into her heart

And faith as your daughter.


It is You, who have transgressed!

God is on her side,

As she is on His.


She is free as she was born,


It is You, who are now on eternal trial.




Sonay Mohammad

Sonay Mohamad, 14, Denmark.

One a February morning in 2002 a fisherman discovered the body of 14 year old Danish Kurdish girl Sonay Mohammad in the Præstø Harbour in Denmark. According to her autopsy, Sonay had been beaten unconscious with a club or a baseball bat and was still alive when she was then dumped in the harbor to die.

Sonay was murdered by her father, Ashraf Mohammad because she had a boyfriend. Ashraf had previously already served six months in prison for aggravated assault against Sonay.  In 2001 Mr Mohammed tightened a power cord around Sonay’s neck when he found a photo of a boy in her schoolbag. Although Sonay was placed in a foster home, a few months later the Social Appeals Board decided that her parents had the right to their relationship with her. Her caseworkers appealed the decision, but in vain. So when Sonay was found dead, the Board was directly criticized for being partly responsible for the tragedy.

Ashraf Mohammad, a Kurdish Iraqi, was released after having served seven years, of the ‘life’ sentence because a rule of  Danish law says that perpetrators who are immigrants will be deported back immediately from Denmark after having served  half the time of their sentence.

His wife, Sonay’s mother publicly supported his actions. They were sent back to Iraq, and it was reported that social benefits from the Danish state enabled Mrs. Mohammad to buy her and her husband two houses back in Kurdistan.

A former crime reporter, Arne Schmidt Møller discovered a threatening letter written by Sonay’s father to his brother, “I will kill you like I killed the infidel Sonay. She used to make spoilage each day with the infidel pigs. She has made spoilage twice in front of me and I killed her with my own hands.”

The publicity from the tragedy initiated a special unit in the National Police’s Investigative Support (NEC) for designating a resourceful section of employees who could become ‘experts’ in “honour” crime, and begin to form a network with all relevant authorities, organizations, ethnic associations and shelters.

Denmark also became the third country in Europe to participate in banning forced marriages in the countries law.