World News #12 – Özgecan Aslan
“Human rights monitor Bianet says 281 women were murdered in Turkey in 2014, a 31% increase on the previous year.
9% of these had asked for protection from the state, it said, prompting criticism that not enough is being done to protect victims.
Erdogan, a devout Sunni in the patriarchal Muslim majority nation, has in the past been criticised by women’s groups for failing to speak out more domestic violence, and for saying he does not believe in equality of the sexes.”
– The Guardian, Turkey president: violence against women is the country’s bleeding wound .
“Atındöken said he subsequently called his friend Gökçe, who suggested burning Aslan to leave no evidence, as well as cutting off her hands in order to avoid leaving Altındöken’s DNA under her nails.
He confessed that he cut off Aslan’s hands while she was still alive and put them in an unused toilet at his father’s house. Another friend then brought along gasoline to use in order to burn Aslan.
Altındöken said they burnt Aslan’s body with gasoline, newspaper and matches, before throwing her off a cliff.
In his testimony, Gökçe denied offering to cut off Aslan’s hands, also saying he was drunk when Altındöken called him.
Meanwhile, protests have continued around Turkey in anger at the slaying. While more demonstrations are planned in several provinces, a social media campaign has also taken off. #Özgecaniçinsiyahgiy (Wear Black For Özgecan) hashtag was shared by thousands of social media users on Feb. 16, with people sharing their photos wearing black to raise awareness about the increasing number of murders in which women are victimized.”
– Hurriyet Daily News,
Suspects arrested over brutal murder on Turkey’s ‘Black Monday’.
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