US News “It is simply murder”: Lower Saxony's Minister of the Interior Pistorius criticizes mild sentences for killing after separation

11:55  26 february  2021
11:55  26 february  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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In the debate about hatred and violence against women, more and more politicians are demanding reforms. An amendment to the criminal code is also under discussion.

Der niedersächsische Innenminister Boris Pistorius (SPD) bei einer Pressekonferenz. © Photo: picture alliance / dpa Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) at a press conference.

In the debate about hatred and violence against women the calls for reforms are getting louder. Now Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) is also calling for a comprehensive debate. "I find it terrifying that , relationship drama" or "family tragedy" is mentioned again and again. It is simply murder when a man kills his wife because she wants to leave him, ”Pistorius told Tagesspiegel. From my point of view, it is not plausible that the Federal Court of Justice would then rule out low motives as a murder feature, because the separation was based on the mostly female victim.

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The German Association of Women Lawyers and the women's policy spokeswoman for the left-wing parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Cornelia Möhring, have been criticizing this for some time. "If a woman has separated from her husband and he kills her because he feels that his property has been taken away, this must not be a mitigating circumstance in criminal proceedings," said Möhring to Tagesspiegel.

"Bringing more focus"

The female lawyers' association also demands that paragraph 46 of the Criminal Code be changed. This regulates which factors play a role in the assessment of a penalty. The feature of “gender-specific motives” should be included in addition to racist and inhuman motives, says the Lawyers Association. This addition is necessary in order to "move more into the focus of the police, public prosecutors and the judiciary" on acts that are explicitly directed against women because of their gender. Lower Saxony's Minister of the Interior, Pistorius, is also in favor of explicitly mentioning misogynist motives in Section 46 as aggravating circumstances.

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[What helps against hatred and violence against women? You can read all the background information in our report “When women are targeted” at Tagesspiegel Plus.]

There is also a debate about how misogynist acts can be better recorded statistically in the future. The federal government's digital state minister, Dorothee Bär (CSU), recently spoke out in favor of the targeted recording of misogynist crimes in crime statistics. Interior experts consider this difficult because the crime statistics have so far not recorded any motivations.

“That can't be true”

D The Greens are calling for a new topic to be added to the statistics on politically motivated crime in the area of ​​hate crime. Then, in addition to, for example, racist, anti-Semitic or Islamophobic crimes, acts motivated by misogyny could also be shown separately. The domestic political spokeswoman for the Greens in the Bundestag, Irene Mihalic, considers the fact that there is hardly any data on misogynist acts to be unacceptable. . "A whole section of the population is regularly the victim of serious crimes and we do not understand it correctly - it cannot be," she told Tagesspiegel.

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