9 Novembre 2009

953 women murdered in 7 months, minister says

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Güldünya Tören was murdered
at a hospital in İstanbul in 2004
after giving birth to a child
conceived in an extramarital affair.

Statistics made public by Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin reveal that the number of women murdered in Turkey has drastically increased in the past seven years.

Sixty-six women were murdered in 2002, whereas 953 were slaughtered in just the first seven months of this year. Minister Ergin provided the statistics in response to a formal inquiry from Democratic Society Party (DTP) Van deputy Fatma Kurtulan regarding the number of charges filed in connection with cases of domestic violence, the number of convictions resulting from these cases and the number of women murdered since 2002.

Discussing steps the government has taken to put an end to violence against women, including an education project, Ergin noted that 206 human rights seminars were held to train judges and prosecutors and added that within the scope of the education project, 164 judges and prosecutors and 150 experts serving in family courts received special training on the role of courts in combating domestic violence. Ergin said the second part of the education project will take place in 2010 and 25 prosecutors and judges will be selected to attend a five-day session where they will receive special training. The justice minister subsequently announced statistics on violence against women and the number of women murdered between 2002 and 2009. Ergin noted that 66 women were murdered in 2002, whereas this figure rose to 953 in the first seven months of this year.

The breakdown of the figures provided by Ergin is as follows: Eighty-three women were killed in 2003, 164 in 2004, 317 in 2005, 663 in 2006, 1,011 in 2007 and 806 in 2008. Ergin further stated that 12,678 cases were launched in connection with violence against women and domestic violence between 2002 and July 2009, 15,564 people were brought to trial in these cases and 5,736 were convicted. There were 1,859 defendants acquitted of charges, while 794 were released on parole.

Recent horrifying murders include the following cases:

Birgül Işık (Elazığ, 2005): murdered by her son when she claimed on a TV show that she was subjected to violence.

Çiğdem İnce (İzmir, 2003): killed by her elder brother because of an extramarital pregnancy.

Evrim Sarıçiçekler (İstanbul, 2005): killed by a person hired by her family because she married someone that her parents did not approve of.

Güldünya Tören (İstanbul, 2004): first injured in an attack after giving birth to a child conceived in an extramarital affair, then murdered at the hospital on Feb. 25, 2004.

Kadriye Demirel (Diyarbakır, 2003): killed by her brother because she became pregnant after being raped.

Pınar Kaçmaz (Diyarbakır, 2002): killed by her father and brother because she applied to a modeling agency.

Şemse Allak (Mardin, 2002): stoned to death because of an extramarital affair.

Zehra Karagöz (Şanlıurfa, 2003): Birgül Işık (Elazığ, 2005): murdered by her son when she claimed on a TV show that she was subjected to violence.

Çiğdem İnce (İzmir, 2003): killed by her elder brother because of an extramarital pregnancy.

Evrim Sarıçiçekler (İstanbul, 2005): killed by a person hired by her family because she married someone that her parents did not approve of.

Güldünya Tören (İstanbul, 2004): first injured in an attack after giving birth to a child conceived in an extramarital affair, then murdered at the hospital on Feb. 25, 2004.

Kadriye Demirel (Diyarbakır, 2003): killed by her brother because she became pregnant after being raped.

Pınar Kaçmaz (Diyarbakır, 2002): killed by her father and brother because she applied to a modeling agency.

Şemse Allak (Mardin, 2002): stoned to death because of an extramarital affair.

Zehra Karagöz (Şanlıurfa, 2003): stabbed to death by her husband because of rumors that she had affairs with other men. stabbed to death by her husband because of rumors that she had affairs with other men.