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Teenage girl buried alive in Turkey for talking to boys

Police ignored her earlier pleas for help


 

The gruesome details surrounding the murder of Medine Memi has shocked Turkey, home to some 200 “honour killings” every year—half of all murders in the nation. The 16-year-old was found outside her home in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman last December in a sitting position, her hands tied. A postmortem exam 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,” one official told the London Times. Memi’s father and grandfather have been arrested and are due to face trial. Her mother was also charged but has since been released. Media reports say the father had told relatives he was unhappy that his daughter had male friends. The grandfather is said to have beaten her for having relations with the opposite sex. It has also emerged that Memi 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 said after the body was discovered.

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Teenage girl buried alive in Turkey for talking to boys

  1. What kind of disconnect does it take for someone to do this to their own child? The poor girl must have suffered terribly.

    • I will be interested to see if any Canadian Islamic people criticise this report . They all claim to be good citizens here but underneath they agree with all these terrible things they have been taught , The Father and Grandfather should have the same done to them , and the mother as well for not pretecting her daughter .

  2. I understand this is Islamic , not Christian . Why do we allow these kind to immigrate to Canada. We are fighting this type of war in the Asian theatre now . I am very sad to read and hear about this type of tyranny in the Islamic regions. In Canada we had to pass a law against Circumcizing young females. Down with Islamic people , we don't need that kind of person to immigrate to Canada. I am sorry that they cannot see or understand why this is brutal Murder in the first degree .

    • That's a really simplistic and generalised view about an entire culture. Frankly, discriminating against a billion people based on the actions of a small minority is unacceptable. That would be like calling all Catholics child molesters because of the actions of a small number of priests.

      Also, if you had read the article, you would have seen that the two men responsible are both being charged with murder. And, that the story has shocked the Turkish people. There is no tyranny here (there is certainly some abuses of the system in Turkey, but not in this instance) and there is no reason for this story to cause a call for the end of Islam.

      • I would bet a dollar to a doughnut you are Islamic. We hear a lot from you people here in Canada. It is safe to protest and pretend you are offened , I say pretend , because you deep down agree with those parents that have done this terrible deed. Why don't you protest your local Emam when he gets out of line , you are all aftraid that you or you family will be slaughtered . Don't protest and parade around Canada , go back to where these terrible things happen every day , and fight against it there , not here .

        • Not that it's any of your business, but I'm an atheist and my ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, French and a little bit native Indian. I have an ancestor that fought in the Riel rebellion. I'm about as 'Canadian' as it gets. Judging from your grasp of the English language, I'm guessing the same is not true for you.

          People in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks.

          PS Considering that a doughnut costs about $0.80 now, that phrase is somewhat out of date.

          • My guess is that he is an aged bigot who stews in his den writing ignorant, hateful comments on the internet. I, too, am a (teapot) atheist.

          • Great reply my friend. Silversage2000 is a fool.

          • I especially liked the doughnuts bit. :D

      • and the fact that this goes on all the time in muslim countries is to be ignored? and you are willfully blind

        • And the fact that Catholic priests not only have a history, but continue to, molest small children, primarily boys, is ot be ignored?

          No, however, we are talking about a extremely small group of people that do not represent the larger majority.

    • Honor killing or burriying girls alive were pre-islamic. You just can call it Barbaric not Islamic

  3. It is really hard or impossible to understand and, hence, deal reasonably with primitives.

  4. its obviously barbaric and stories like this scare people and make us paint the whole country ..or the whole islamic region like this …statistically however it looks like turkey is far behind the usa for the murder rate ..this article says 400 murders (in a country of 75 million) …usa on the other hand has about 16 000 murders a year in a country of 300 million …a rate about ten times higher

    • Medine died a horrible death. She was buried alive and one could only imagine how bad it was, as they found dirt in her lungs and stomach. Also horrifying is that she could not rely on her family, a place where she was supposed to feel safe and protected from the world. She was beaten by her grandfather and her father . She also went to another place that should have protected her: the police. They turned their back on her too.
      I read that in 2004, Turkey's murder rate per 100,000 was 6.9. Using a calculator I came up with 5175 murders per year. I don't know where they got that 400 per year figure from.
      I also read another article that said some families lock the girls in a room with rat poison and a gun and try to convince they to commit suicide so that no one in the family will have to face murder charges. So, many "suicides" are not quite that. Unfriggin' believable.

      • The article noted 200 honour killings per year in Turkey. Other murders would be, one would assume, unrelated to this phenomena.

  5. [sarcasm] But… Islam is a religion of peace! [/sarcasm]

    • Tell that to the crusaders. Or hell, explain to the Vatican that they are supposed to represent a non-judgmental religion of compassion; they currently withhold aid to Africa if a government will not support their fight against contraceptive use. Who cares if it causes untold numbers of AIDS cases and encourages already poverty stricken mothers to have more children; the Bible says 'be fruitful and multiply."

      Every religion can be twisted into something it isn't.

      • Except the vatican didn't tie and gag her, and neither did the crusaders, now did they? Christianity's not on trial here; honour killers are. I similarly appreciate your implicit assumption that I, myself, am a chruch going Catholic (hint: WRONG!)

        Your reply is almost entirely non-sequitur, and I just want to say that you read wayyyy too much into those 7 words. Yes, we get it, you have a hate on for religion. Congratulations. Would you like a cookie now? Or maybe a hero ribbon.

        • No, Christianity isn't on trial. Yes, honour killings are. But you were commenting on all of Islam based on a small element of it. My point is that all religions have this issue, not just Islam. And making a blanket statement about Islam like that based on this small element doesn't make any sense. Making a comparison to another religion that has behaved in similar ways in the past is a relevant response to your attack on Islam.

          For the record, there was no assumption of which religion(s) you do or do not ascribe to. Again, making a direct comparison to other religions is valid. And, I don't hate religion. Although, I don't particularly like how religious folks tend to treat each other.

          I hope that makes you less angry; all that stress isn't healthy.

          • It was satire of what an apologist might say. yeesh.

        • No, Christianity isn't on trial. Yes, honour killings are. But you were commenting on all of Islam based on a small element of it. My point is that all religions have this issue, not just Islam. And making a blanket statement about Islam like that based on this small element doesn't make any sense. Making a comparison to another religion that has behaved in similar ways in the past is a relevant response to your attack on Islam.

          For the record, there was no assumption of which religion(s) you do or do not ascribe to. Again, making a direct comparison to other religions is valid. And, I don't hate religion. Although, I don't particularly like how religious folks tend to treat each other.

          I hope that makes you less angry; all that stress isn't healthy.

  6. The figure of 400 murders per year is far too low for Turkey – The number can't be correct. Forty people were murdered in one incident alone in Mardin, Turkey, at a wedding just a few months ago.

    The real issues here are what motivates these so-called "honour" murderers and what type of system enables their actions. What religion oppresses women, blames them for everything, elevates men and absolves them from any responsibility in their treatment of women? In Turkey, a Muslim majority country, these types of murderers receive only minimal punishment ( 6 months in jail perhaps). This is changing but only under pressure from the EU.

    • "What religion oppresses women, blames them for everything, elevates men and absolves them from any responsibility in their treatment of women?"

      Most of them. Religion is used to control people. Since it was invented by men, it has a tendency to be used by the men in charge, to repress those people not in charge. Hell, Christianity was used to justify slavery:

      http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_slav1.htm

  7. "Moderate Muslims" are those Muslims who have thrown over many — if not most — of the central tenets of the Islam of the Qur'an. Islam was born of violence and conquest of Christendom. The Western European Crusaders were engaging in a defensive gambit after 300 years of Muslim conquest of Christian lands. The gambit failed, and Islam continued its conquests, overthrowing the last bastion of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), Constantinople, in 1453 and re-naming it Istanbul. It got to the out-skirts of Vienna in the 1680s before it was turned back and contained till WWI when it was overthrown — but only till shortly after WWII. Since WWII, Islam has reasserted itself via the Saudis financing sunni wahabism and Iranian oil financing 12th-imam shia Islam.

    All too predictably, several posters have done a "yeah, but" directed against Roman Catholicism — the same faith that turned back Islam from taking over Western Europe from AD 1000 to 1700. Rogue priests in the U.S. and Canada are probably due to American and Canadian bishops and the seminaries they administered relaxing the standards for the priesthood. As a result, hundreds of sexual deviants who had a thing mainly for young men and boys were let into the RC priesthood. They are now paying the price for this relaxation, as they try to exercise greater vigilance on who is ordained.

    Take note: Islamic terrorism in the U.S. and Canada was mainly imported via immigration, but rogue priests were not immigrant Roman Catholics. Given a choice, let's have a lot more Roman Catholic or other Christian immigrants from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America!

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