Gender-based violence continues despite government efforts

March 01, 2012, Thursday/ 15:29:00

A woman in İzmir was stabbed to death in a park by her ex-husband on Wednesday.

Ahmet G. met his ex-wife, Sebahat Gezer, in a park to reportedly reconcile their differences. But when Gezer refused to reconcile, the two began to argue.

When Gezer's cell phone rang and Ahmet G. realized she was using code words, he stabbed her to death in the park in front of their 4-year-old daughter.

Taking their daughter with him, Ahmet G. then turned himself in to the police.

Latif Şimşek, the moderator of Turkish talk show Med Cezir, offered during his Wednesday night show a controversial solution to the continued violence against women in Turkey, where more than 40 percent of women have reported suffering from gender-based violence at some point in their lives. “The state should give women subjected to violence guns,” Şimşek said.

But he is not the first to suggest abuse victims should take protection into their own hands.

Humanitarian shelter and religious organization Şefkat-Der also proposed in January that women in fear of their lives be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to reduce the number of femicides.

“We have a state that says it will protect women but in reality does nothing,” Şefkat-Der Chairman Hayrettin Bulan said last month. “Rarely does a day go by that we don't hear of a woman butchered by her partner, yet the state's response is, ‘We can't assign every woman a policeman'.”

Earlier this week, news broke of a woman in Ankara who was murdered by her husband after the bodyguard protection granted by the district governor's office ended.

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