Honor Related Violence (France)

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Sezen Yuksel, strangled to death, September 26, 2006

Sezen was 19 years old. After living in France for six months, Sezen refused to marry her maternal cousin.

Her family forced her into marriage. The wedding guests noticed that Sezen could not stop crying. Sezen wanted to go back to Turkey, but the only response from her family was: "If you go back, we will kill you."Sezen refused to have sex with her cousin. "I can't have a relationship with you other than that between brother and sister. Even if you kill me, I refuse to have sex with you." On the 26th of September 2006, two days after their marriage, her husband strangled her.

The Centre d’information du Kurdistan, the Centre culturel Kurde de Paris and the association Femmes solidaires denounce this murder.

Her death must not be passed over in silence!

We call upon families to get rid of these patriarchal traditions. Forced marriage is indefensible. Femicide, particularly 'honour' crimes, are shameful in every country of the world. In France, 70,000 young women are at risk of forced marriage. Femmes solidaires have taken into their homes 6% of the young women who have been threatened with forced marriage.
Forced marriage kills!
International Campaign Against Honour Killings, October 12, 2006

23-year-old women, attacked with teargas, covered in petrol and almost set alight, February 25, 2012

A man was being held by police on Monday after allegedly trying to set fire to his grown-up daughter in central Paris.

Le Parisien newspaper reported that the man sprayed teargas in the young woman's face and then covered her in petrol on Saturday evening.

The father was apparently annoyed that the woman planned to go out with a group of friends that evening and considered her "too emancipated".

The newspaper quoted a source describing him as a "Muslim fundamentalist."

The 23-year-old daughter has a room in a building in the city's 11th arrondissement, close to the Place de la Bastille.

The 49-year-old man went there at around 11.30pm on Saturday evening and started arguing with her in the hall of the building.

He then attacked her with the teargas and poured petrol over her head and face, after which he pulled out a lighter, causing her to scream.

"She managed to grab the lighter from his hands while passers-by heard her screams," said a source close to the inquiry. "The man quickly made a run for it."

The woman told police her father had been harassing her for several weeks. "She explained he was unhappy that she had a Jewish boyfriend," said the source.

Police caught up with the man on Sunday and are questioning him in connection with attempted murder.

The newspaper reported that the man had only recently reconnected with his daughter, after abandoning her as a child.

He had recently taken her to his native country of Tunisia where he had tried to arrange a marriage for her.

She had resisted, while promising to behave in accordance with his wishes back in Paris.
Father tries to set 23-year-old daughter alight
Matthew Warren, The Local, February 27, 2012