Turkey: Woman who murdered her rapist husband acquitted

In historic sentence as alarm high over assassinations of women

06 December, 13:12

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL - The Turkish top appeals court has acquitted a woman who stabbed to death her husband while he was trying to rape her for ''exercising her right to legitimate defense'' in a sentence described by local media as historic.

    The case dates back to 2014 when in the southern province of Antalya, Slihan S- killed Ozgir E. at their home. After stabbing him, the woman immediately called for an ambulance and tried to block the hemorrhage caused by the wounds but her husband died as he was being taken to the hospital.

    She was sentenced to life in prison by a court of first instance while and appeals court later reduced the term to 16 years. She has now been acquitted by the top appeals court.

    As in similar incidents, the story caught the attention of the public opinion in Turkey, where violence against women is a particularly alarming phenomenon. According to the Platform against femicides, at least 340 women have been killed since the start of the year. (ANSAmed)

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