Sweden moves to make honor-related crime an offense years after woman was killed for dating Swedish man


The Swedish government has instituted a probe into the fatal shooting of a woman by her father for bringing shame into her family by dating a Swedish man.

Observers say the latest move by government was a step closer to making a specific offense of honor-related crime.

Honour crimes involves violence, including murder, committed by people who want to defend the reputation of their family or community while honour killing is the murder of a person accused of bringing shame upon his or her family.

The government position has been welcomed by the organisation called Glöm Aldrig Pela och Fadime, or Gapf, h was set up in the wake of the murder of Swedish-Kurdish woman, 26-year-old Fadime Sahindal in Uppsala 17 years ago.

Sahindal was fatally shot in the face by her father who thought she had brought shame on the family for dating a Swedish man.

The now deceased was shot only days after she had addressed the Swedish parliament about the violence and threats she faced from her own family.

She was a Kurdish immigrant who moved to Sweden from Turkey at the age of seven

She was opposed to her family’s insistence on an arranged marriage.


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