The Federation of Turkish Women’s Associations (TKDF) has asked for an appointment with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss a recent increase in the number of women’s murders.
TKDF President Canan Güllü said 246 women have been killed by their husbands, boyfriends or relatives in the past seven months, adding that there may be many other cases as well which have not been made public. Stating that the murder of women has become “ordinary” in Turkey, Güllü said not a single day in the past 10 days went by without a news story reporting a woman’s murder.
Noting that the government is working on a bill to prevent domestic violence, Güllü, however, said the country has no time to lose and called on the state to take immediate action. Erdoğan and President Abdullah Gül should take the initiative to protect women, Güllü said, adding that the TKDF will inform the prime minister during the meeting about recent cases of murder and the situation of the children the victims leave behind. “We expect the state to establish an emergency unit for women to turn to and to make it clear that perpetrators of violence against women will be punished,” she said.
Güllü also criticized the police in cases when the women died soon after being denied police protection. In a very recent case, a 33-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend in İstanbul two days after her request for police protection was denied.