By Calvin Palmer
A Turkish teenage girl’s conversations with boys led to her being buried alive by relatives.
Medine Memi, 16, was found in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-meter hole dug under a chicken pen at her home in Kahta, in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman. The hole was covered by recently laid concrete.
Her father and grandfather have since been arrested and are due to face trial over her death. Her mother was also charged but has since been released.
Police found the body in December after a neighbor reported that Medine had not been seen for a month.
A postmortem examination has revealed large amounts of soil in her lungs and stomach, indicating that she had been alive and conscious while being buried.
“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,” said one official involved in the case.
It also emerged that Medine 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, Immihan, said after the body was discovered.
The gruesome manner of Medine’s death has shocked the nation.
Around 200 honor killings occur each year, despite government attempts to stamp them out. These killings account for half of the murders in Turkey.