Turkey women: AK's party is responsible of violence against women

Hundreds of women in a demonstration in Istanbul on Saturday denounced sexual assaults and violence against women in Turkey, blaming the Justice and Development Government for full responsibility for complacency and inability to tackle the phenomenon.

Women in Turkey suffer from all forms of violent crime, according to United Nations statistics that nearly 40 percent of Turkish women are subjected to physical or family violence from their partner, Sky News Arabia reported.

The angry demonstrators shouted anti-violence slogans such as "Stop killing women" and "Do not watch this violence, do something to stop it." Considering that the Turkish authorities overlook the failure to address the phenomenon of abuse against women, is the main reason behind the spread and exacerbation of this phenomenon.

Turkey has seen frequent incidents of violence against women, most recently Amina Bulut, who died of a stabbing attack by her husband following a brawl in a cafe in the central city of Kirikkale in front of their 10-year-old daughter.

"The murder of Amina Bulut has caused a wave of frustration in society, and her last words are still echoing in the ears of all women in Turkey: I do not want to die," one demonstration organization, Gamzi Ozturk, told AFP.

In the last eight months, 284 women have been killed in Turkey, 40 of them in August alone, and 440 women killed in 2018, according to estimates by women's rights organizations in Turkey.

Of the 440 murders, only 131 have been identified. The women were found dead near lakes, dams or on roads. In most cases, these women are killed by people they know, husbands or friends (35% of cases in 2018), another relative (23% of cases) or ex-husbands (5%) and women do not live safely even at home.

In 2017 alone, 409 women were killed by their partners or family members, up 75 percent from 2013, according to a monitoring organization called "We will stop killing women."

Interestingly, in 2009, when 17-year-old Turkish woman Munawar Kara Bulut was killed by her boyfriend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the former Istanbul police chief made the mistake of the victim's family because they left her with him. This encouraged men to kill women.



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