Report: 226 women killed by men across Turkey in first half of 2017

A report released by the Umut Foundation has revealed that 226 women were killed by men in the first six months of 2017 across Turkey.

Drawing attentions to widespread domestic violence, the report has stated that in these murder cases 201 women and family members were killed and also 81 women and family members were wounded. According to the report, 22 out of 31 men (husbands) who attempted to commit suicide after murdering their wives, died.

Showing the the decrease in quality of education and widespread impunity as main reasons of increase in violence against women, the report said that “the acts of violence and rape going unpunished and rapists and molesters being acquitted with court orders, the violence against women consequently experiences a skyrocketing increase.”

However, according to a report by Bianet, in the first six months of 2017, men killed 149 women and girls in Turkey. Also the Bianet report stated that men raped 45 women; harassed 101 women; sexually harassed 192 girls; inflicted violence on 184 women. The report has also said that men killed 18 women, one girl and two men who wanted to prevent the murders across Turkey in June 2017.

Stating that 63 percent of the women were killed with firearms and 74 percent of the women were killed by their partners or ex-partners, the report has listed the casualities as follow: One woman was killed by her father; one by her husband of religious marriage; nine by their husbands of official marriage; one by her ex-husband; two by their sisters’ husbands; one by her son; three by their boyfriends. A 5-year-old girl was raped and murdered by a male stranger.

July 13, 2017

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