Turkey: report on violence against women tip of the iceberg

According to Istanbul-based Independent Communications Network

21 February, 09:32

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 21 - Independent Communications Network (Bianet), an Istanbul-based NGO and news portal, announced that violence against women in Turkey increased in 2013 compared to the previous year. According to Bianet's annual report, 214 women were murdered, 167 were raped and 161 were sexually abused by men in 2013. In 2012, the number of women murdered was 165 compared to 214 in 2013. Serpil Kemalbay, representative of the Women's Trade Union Initiative (IMECE), blamed the increase on the conservative and male-dominant policies of the current government. "Male violence is being viewed as legitimate," she told SES Turkiye. "The government needs to adopt a definite position on the subject. Currently, the laws are protecting the family, not women." According to Bianet's tally, 13.5% of the women killed in 2013 had previously applied for protection. Preliminary injunctions against 13 men were in place when they committed murders. Four women were killed immediately after the injunctions against their murderers were over. Twelve victims were in the process of filing complaints against their murderers at the time of their deaths.

    Four men killed their victims during their probation period or shortly after their paroles. Some 49% of the women were killed by their husbands, 13% were killed by relatives, and 12% were killed by their lovers. Ten percent were killed by their ex-husbands or ex-lovers, 5% were killed by their fathers.

    According to the report, one reason for violence that stands out the most is women's demand for a divorce. (ANSAmed).

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