Turkey: 129 women killed in last six months, lawmaker says

17 July, 12:20

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JULY 17 - Some 129 women were killed in the first half of the year, up from 88 in the same period a year earlier, daily Hurriyet online reported quoting Aylin Nazliaka, a main opposition Republican People's Party deputy, at a press meeting at the Parliament. The figures came at time when the number of overall murders in the country showed a sharp increase, separate reports cited. Nazliaka said 58 women and children were raped as 292 women were wounded, adding that the country was facing "systematic murders" in the last decade. Only last month 17 women and girls were killed, she said as the number of rape incidents reached 26. Some other 56 were wounded.

    Some 17.6% of the victims were killed because they wanted to divorce. A separate report shows that murder rates in Turkey have increased up to around seven murders per day in the first 10 days of Ramadan. The Turkish National Police Department (EMG) announced that on the first 10 days of Ramadan, 68 murders were committed, which increased the daily murder rate from three to seven murders per day. (ANSAmed).

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