When Talking to Boy’s Gets You Buried Alive

No seriously…. a Turkish girl was buried alive by her father for quote, “hanging out with boys.” The Huffington Post reports,

The body of a 16-year-old girl police say was buried alive by relatives in an “honor” killing carried out as punishment for talking to boys has been discovered in Kahta, Turkey.

Turkish police discovered the body after acting on an anonymous tip. The tipster told police that the girl was killed after a family council meeting, and had been buried under a chicken pen. Police say that the girl had complained two months earlier that her grandfather beat her for talking to boys.

The girl, identified by police only by her initials M.M., was said to have a large amount of soil in her stomach and lungs, indicating she had been buried alive.

“The autopsy result 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 anonymous expert said.

The girl had been reported as missing by her family. Police have arrested her father, mother and grandfather. Her mother has been released but her father and grandfather are awaiting trial.

Not only was MM arbitrarily killed because of her oh-so-rebellious decision to interact with people of the opposite sex, she was buried alive AFTER her family had a round-table discussion about her “unacceptable” disobedience. In addition, her grandfather had already beaten her months prior for talking to boys. I can’t even muster an adequate reaction to something so horrifying. I suppose I probably shouldn’t be so surprised considering the fact that over 200 “honor” killings happen each year in Turkey alone. If that doesn’t frighten you… it should.

Honor killings are rooted in the idea of male-supremacy; the belief that men have some divine honor that must be protected from the frivolous, immoral behavior of women. Thousands of men around the globe literally justify killing the women in their family under the guise that they are protecting their families honor. In fact, according to the United Nations, over 5,000 honor killings occur worldwide each year. That number is also speculative because it doesn’t account for the underreported instances of violence against women in the form of honor killings.

Let us also be careful not to get it twisted. Honor killings are not isolated to concentrated places on the globe and they are most certainly not happening “out there” in far away, exotic places. Appropriating this type of colonialist narrative would be extremely problematic. Honor Killings are simply a representation of global violence against women that has no borders, religious affiliations, or national boundaries.

About aj:
Andrew (AJ) is a vehement progressive, youth activist, and reproductive justice organizer. When he's not busy with the movement, you can usually find him dancing in the club or watching trashy reality tv.

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