Violence against women sparks mass protests in Turkey
Hundreds of thousands of women in Turkey have been participating in street protests in reaction to the horrific murder of a young woman Ozgecan Aslan.
According to police, Aslan, 20, was taking a minibus home in the southeastern province of Mersin last Wednesday when a man tried to rape her. When she retaliated with pepper spray, she was stabbed and beaten with an iron bar, her body then burned and dumped in a river.
Hurriyet Daily News reported that a 26-year-old man has been arrested with two accomplices. Prosecutors were not available for comment, and the police have given no more details about the case.
Talking about the case, Erdogan said that, “I will personally follow the case so that they will be given the heaviest penalty.” He added, “Violence against women is the bleeding wound of our country.”
A human rights group, Bianet, says 281 women were murdered in Turkey in 2014 alone, a 31 percent increase over 2013.
Women nationwide have worn black in condemnation of the murder, posting photos on social media.
Hundreds of minibuses in Diyarbakir in the southeast were decorated with black ribbons and carried Aslan’s photograph.
The Oslo Times