The mother and father of an 18-year-old girl are charged with attempted murder after their daughter was stabbed and severely wounded in what police think was a case of “honour killing.” Four of her siblings are also charged in the case but all deny criminal responsibility and have objected to being held in custody.
News bureau NTB reported that police were alerted to the case of domestic violence after the girl was brought to a local hospital. A neighbour of the family in an apartment complex in Oppegård, south of Oslo, said there were five patrol cars and two police dogs at the family home Tuesday evening.
Two of the family members charged in the case are only 15 and 16 years old, and have been turned over to juvenile authorities. There are several children in the family, and another younger sibling was also put into the care of authorities at the state child welfare agency Barnevernet.
The 18-year-old victim was said to be out of danger of losing her life and was recovering at the hospital, under police guard. She reportedly did not live with the family, which comes from outside Norway. Police wouldn’t reveal their nationality.
Police confirmed to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Thursday that they were investigating the theory that the family’s honour was behind the violence. A defense attorney for the father said his client had nothing to do with the attack and that he didn’t see anyone get stabbed by a knife. Police were still working on establishing the chain of events and were seeking help from other neighbours and any witnesses.