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No Honor in Killing

DW-WORLD.DE readers said a Berlin court's nine-year prison term for one of three brothers charged with killing their sister shows too much leniency for the offender and too little respect for the victim.

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DW-WORLD.DE readers said Germany should rethink its sentencing laws

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I think Germany should review its laws and allow minors to be tried as adults for crimes as serious as murder. It is hard to justify murdering someone because they don't live their life as you wish they would. There is no "honor" in committing an honor killing. -- sheri_anderson4

Urteil im Prozess um Ehrenmord an Schwester Alpaslan Sürücü (r)

Many Germans also couldn't understand why two of the brothers were acquitted

I find it inconceivable, the thinking that almost ten years for the taking of a life is appropriate. A sentence of life is more fitting. After all, his sister cannot live her life. -- maxamill

I think he should never get a life again, just like she won't. -- bigredpyrite

These Turkish male students should be ashamed of themselves for saying that the poor women deserved what her brother did to her. If they think that living like a German is a bad thing, why don't they pack their stuff and go back to their great country and keep treating women like we still living in the dark ages. -- petrapk2001

I would even go further, if one can't respect German laws and customs, send them back to their home country. No exceptions -- kgietl

Prozess um Ehrenmord an junger Deutsch-Türkin

Hatan Sürücü was trying to live a normal life

This type of crime will continue to happen as long as the radical beliefs are transplanted to the west. The brothers believed they were "saving" their sister from westernization. Was killing her the only way to save her honor and/or their own? The lack of adequate punishment, as well as sympathy for the killers, assures that this type of crime will continue to grow in popularity. What is the answer, I don't know. The diversity which makes our society such a wonderful place to grow and learn comes with a heavy price. Very sad. -- valisme

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  • Date 18.04.2006
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  • Date 18.04.2006
  • Author Compiled by DW staff (sms)
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