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Striking report from Turkish femicide watchdog: 38 women were murdered in January

Turkish non-profit watch-dog, ‘We Will Stop Femicide Platform’ published its report for the month of January. According to the report, there were 38 female murders across Turkey in January. Cumhuriyet Newspaper

Men killed six women in Izmir, three in Istanbul, Balikesir, Trabzon and Sanliurfa; two in Antalya Giresun and Kocaeli, the report revealed.

The Platform also reported 34 cases of child abuse, include a baby who lost her life due to the sexual exploitation.

The report revealed child harassment cases at schools in Uşak and Antalya. In January, a newborn baby in Van, weighing only 4 kilograms, was sexually abused. Medical report concluded that the abuse was the cause of death. One child was abducted and sexually abused in Samsun. In Adıyaman,  a 6-year-old child was sexually abused.

Among the findings, there were reports of 14 women being subjected to sexual violence. A woman in Izmir was harassed at her workplace. In Ankara, a woman was raped by a driver on a public bus. One person who was recently acquitted of harassment in Aydın, harassed another woman this month immediately after his release.  Another man in Tekirdag attacked and sexually assaulted two separate women.

The report found that 31% of the women were killed after they initiated divorce proceedings, or because they wanted to terminate their relationship.

The report also emphasizes that 8% of the women killed this month were killed while trying to protect another woman. The report concludes that the state policies are falling short of laws and policies to protect women from violence in all domains.

Translated by Ela Gonca Izmirli

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