Child bride allegedly commits suicide over domestic violence

September 28, 2012, Friday/ 17:54:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

A 15-year-old girl in the southern province of Adana is believed to have killed herself to escape her husband's violence, the Habertürk daily reported on Friday.

According to neighbors as reported by the daily, Emrah E., who is eight years older than child bride Kübra Ulaş, had kidnapped and raped the girl a year ago. Thereafter, Emrah E. threatened Ulaş's family and demanded they allow him to marry Ulaş. Afraid, they agreed to the marriage.

Kübra Ulaş was frequently subjected to violence at the hand of her husband following their marriage nearly a year ago, say the couple's neighbors. Emrah E. reportedly began beating Ulaş after losing his job. When Ulaş visited a hospital the next day, she was shocked to learn she had had a miscarriage caused by a kick to the stomach. She is reported to have hung herself from a window grille after having had to live through her husband's violent outbursts and was found dead by Emrah E. when he came home on Sept. 25.

Ulaş's funeral was held without the attendance of Emrah E.

The girl's family has filed a complaint with the Adana Public Prosecutor's Office, claiming Emrah E. killed her and made it look like a suicide. The prosecutor has launched an investigation into the incident.

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