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THERE IS NO HONOUR IN THE ACT OF MURDER
A case of a teen age girl, Medine Memi, who has been murdered by burial while still alive in what has been alleged to be an "honour killing" has caused public outrage and revulsion across the country of Turkey, and indeed, in many nations.
Information from news media is that the family maintains her death was an "honor killing" yet others state the murder occurred because Medine reported her grandfather to the police for beating her, and as such, his guns were removed from the home.
16 year old Medine Memi never went to school, never had a photograph taken of her while alive.
Photo: Police carry Medine Memi's body.
Honour killings - said to be prevalent in the Kurdish South-East of Turkey, are usually decided by a council of the elders of the family. Families used to choose the youngest male member of the family to carry out the killings because they would serve the shortest time in prison. However, the Turkish government has changed the law and honor killings are against the law no matter who carries out the murder.
Medine Memi's death was murder no matter what spin the elders of the family put on it.
2009 - October -Kahta Turkiye, (South-East Turkey) Medine Memi, a Turkish teen asks the
police for help and lodges a complaint. Her grandfather has beaten her because
she "talked to boys."
Photo: Fethi Memi (grandfather)
Ayhan Memi, (Medine's father) is reported as saying at the time: "She has male
friends. We are uneasy about that."
Immihan Memi (Mother of Memi Medine) "'She tried to take refuge at
the police station three times, and she was sent home three times."
Turkish media reports state that her grandfather, Fethi Memi, had been under investigation after Medine's attempt to seek refuge at the police station
A family council meeting is held. Ayhan Memi tells other relatives "he is unhappy that his daughter (one of nine children) has male friends.
Against her will, Medine Memi's fate is decided by her father and grandfather. The young girl's hands are bound, she is made to sit inside a large hole inches from the wall of their dwelling. The family then shovels dirt into the hole. There are no words to describe the horror this young girl must have experienced.
2009 - Late December - The family reports Medine Memi to police as "Missing."
Police searching forty days for a missing teen, Medine Memi, age 16, follow
up on a tip from a neighbor.
2010 - February GRISLY DISCOVERY
Underneath the Memi family's chicken coop, inside the family's courtyard of their home, a concrete pad is discovered and below is a 6 foot hole. Inside is the body of Medine Memi, in a sitting position, her hands tied.
Photo Credit: Reuters
An original post mortem examination shows Medine's throat, lungs and stomach contain a large amount of soil.
The Coroner release a forensics report that states Medine's death had been brutal, a slow and agonisiing death, and that she had been fully conscious when buried alive.
An official in the case states " 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."
Medine Memi's father Ayhan Memi (35), and her grandfather, Fethi Memi (64), are arrested and jailed in Adiyaman (South-Eastern Turkey). Her mother Immihan Memi is arrested but then released.
Photo Credit: Reuters - Ayham Memi (father) under arrest
The two men are awaiting trial.
It is particularly sad and outrageous that in this day and age people still practice such an abhorrent and ignorant act.