Norway was the scene of this honor killing, and it was followed with great attention due to how unique the case was in the nation.
The victim was a young woman named Anooshe Sediq Ghulam.
The honor killing took place in May 2002 and was reported in the media for the next few weeks.
Who Was Anooshe Sediq Ghulam?
She was an Afghan woman who was 22-years-old at the time of her death.
Anooshe Sediq Ghulam lived with her husband in Norway and was an ethnic Uzbek. She had grown up in Mazhar-i-Sharif before being married off to a man named Nasruddin Shamsi. According to Annoshe, she was married to Nasruddin at the age of 13.
However, their official documents state she was married to him at the age of 15/16. They arrived in Norway as asylum seekers in 1999. Due to the situation in her homeland, she was able to receive permanent stay orders from the Norwegian government.
Day of Honor Killing
Her husband, Nasruddin Shamsi first came on the police’s radar when he was charged with domestic violence after his wife called in.
He was convicted for his abuse against Anooshe at the time (summer of 2000) and had to spend time in prison for his actions. In the meantime, Anooshe started to spend time at a local refuge center. The husband later found out about where she was and targeted her as he got out of prison.
She was killed by her husband outside the police station in Kristiansund.
Reason for Honor Killing
In general, Nasruddin was unhappy about his married life and didn’t take kindly to the state meddling with his private affairs (i.e. domestic violence case). He wasn’t able to speak fluent English, and this caused him trouble at the time. After he had realized the marriage wasn’t going anywhere and he had been charged with domestic violence, he made a plan to kill Anooshe when they came for the custody battle.
He was arrested on the spot for his actions and later stated the plan was to only kill himself rather than his wife.
The children were sent to a foster home in case his family decided to kidnap them later on.
Court Case For Her Husband
What about the court case for Nasruddin Shamsi after he was arrested?
The man from Afghanistan was charged with murder and received an 18-year sentence in a Norwegian prison. The case took place over a span of 20 days before coming to a conclusion with the listed verdict.
As for the children, they are in a foster home and remained within the Norwegian system. Anooshe’s family were given free visas to come to Norway for her funeral but couldn’t make it due to potential threats from Shamsi’s family in Afghanistan.
While this wasn’t a classic case of honor killing, it still fit the guidelines according to the judicial system.