25 women across Turkey murdered in male-perpetrated violence in March

A women rights group called the “We Will Stop the Killing of Women Platform” (Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu, or KCDP) released a report on Thursday showing that 25 women were murdered and 269 cases of child sexual abuse were recorded during the month of March.

According to a report by pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency (ANF), the KCDP, which noted that the number of female murders dropped in March,  attributed the decline to nationwide activities on International Women’s Day on March 8.

“The reason for this decrease is that women filled the streets on occasion of March 8, actions against violence against women took place worldwide and the problem was addressed everywhere. In order for this decline to continue in the coming months, this political atmosphere must be maintained. Violence against women must continue to be publicly condemned, as in March,” said the report.

According to the report, 11 of the 25 cases of last month are suspicious deaths. “In order to prevent further murder of women, it must be clarified who committed these murders for whatever reason, and convincing punishments must be pronounced. There are dozens of unsolved deaths, including student Alara Karademir, who fainted in İstanbul in a lecturer’s room and lost her life in dubious ways,” underlined the report.

According to the report, the most of the murders of women in March were committed in İstanbul, Antalya and Ankara.

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