Sunday, February 7, 2010

Teenage girl buried alive in Turkey for talking to boys

A 16-year old girl was buried alive in Turkey by her relatives as punishment for befriending boys.  The Telegraph (UK) reports via Powerline:
Medine Memi was found in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-metre hole dug under a chicken pen outside her home in Kahta, in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman.

Her father and grandfather have since been arrested and are due to face trial over her death. Her mother was also charged but has since been released.

Medine had first been reported missing 40 days earlier.

The informant told the police she had been killed following a family "council" meeting.

Media reports said the father had told relatives he was unhappy that his daughter – one of nine children – had male friends. The grandfather is said to have beaten her for having relations with the opposite sex.

A postmortem examination revealed large amounts of soil in her lungs and stomach, indicating that she had been alive and conscious while being buried.

"The report is blood curdling. According to our findings the girl who had no bruises on her body and no sign of narcotics or poison in her blood was alive and fully conscious when she was buried," one official involved in the case told the Times.

It also emerged that Medine had repeatedly tried to report to police that she had been beaten by her father and grandfather days before she was killed. "She tried to take refuge at the police station three times, and she was sent home three times," her mother, Immihan, said after the body was discovered in December.
The article goes on to say that 200 such honor killings are committed each year in Turkey, accounting for about half of all murders. The article fails to mention that 99.8% of Turkish citizens are Muslim.  Where is the honor is murdering a helpless child and hiding the act by reporting her missing?  Those responsible are cowards and murderers beneath contempt.

Here is the hole in which Medine was buried alive:

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