Turkey: gov't introduces anti-violence bracelet for women

Sex crimes up by 400% in past nine years, one woman killed a day

15 January, 19:07

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JANUARY 15 - The Turkish family ministry is introducing an anti-violence bracelet to protect women, officials announced Tuesday.

The bracelet, which has been tested successfully in Adana and Bursa provinces, contains a button to alert police in case of aggression. Violence against women is endemic in Turkey, where one woman a day is killed and 7,000 at-risk women have been placed under court-mandated protection, according to Hurriyet newspaper. Sex crimes have risen by 400% in the past nine years, with 33,000 scuh crimes reported in 2011, up from 8,000 in 2002, according to prosecutor Veli San.(ANSAmed).