What follows is a pathetic description of an honor murder -- described as a suicide. Three shots to the head with an AK 47, pretty tough trick. Mind you, her sister suffered the same fate years ago, another "suicide".
The soft translation below says the weapon was a hunting rifle. It was, in fact, a‘Kalashnikov’ AK-47, according to the original article.
The boy passed her a note that said "I love you" in school, so she had to die? And this is reported like it's ..........normal? Why did the boy set her up? Why did the teacher turn her in? The teacher knew what a note like that meant in an Islamic country.
Obama says, respect it.
On the morning of January 7, twelve-year-old Meryem Sökmen went to school as always in Somkaya village near Dogubayazit. She was in the fifth grade. In the fourth class period, a friend handed her a note, which was intercepted by the teacher. The note said, “I love you.” Meryem was so disturbed by this that she went home, while her teacher called her father to the school to give him the note (so as to avoid gossip about Meryem in the school). The next day, Meryem stayed home and in her family’s living room shot herself with her father’s Kalashnikov. Three bullets entered her forehead. Only her mother was home at the time. At the sound of the shots, her mother and neighbors came running. Her father, who wasn’t home at the time, said “If my daughter had told me there was someone she loved, I would have married her to him.”
Meryem’s father is a Kurdish village guard with eight children, four of them girls. It seems that thirteen years ago, another of his daughters, Necla, killed herself as well. She hung herself. (click here for article in Turkish)
If Meryem did kill herself, is the father not responsible for frightening her to death? Check the posts for honor killings under the category “women” on this blog. The statistics are hair-raising.
I suppose the teacher thought that by making it all aboveboard, no one could whisper that the girl had a secret relationship. Why didn’t the teacher just keep the note or destroy it? (The sex of the note-writer and teacher are not given in the article. I am presuming both are male.) Giving the note to the father, I suppose, would absolve the teacher if the father ever found out about it and blamed him for his daughter’s “debauchment”. Who wrote the note and why? Does that even matter, or is it just the potential gossip that matters?
And what about Necla? Why did she kill herself in 1997, if she did.
Like I said... a soft, silly translation. Read between the lines.