We Will Stop Femicides Platform May 2024 Report
7.6.2024
In May 2024, 40 women were killed by men, and 20 women were found suspiciously dead.

2024 May Report*

40 Femicides and 20 Suspicious Deaths of Women in May

The fight to stop femicides in Turkey has been going on for 14 years. As the Platform, since we identified the need in 2010, we have been disclosing femicide data to the public. Instead of explaining how many women have been killed, why, how and by whom, the Ministry of Interior distorts the facts by saying that the data on femicides are incorrectly prepared. It is the duty of the state not only to disclose the reality of femicides and suspicious deaths of women but also to implement concrete solutions to stop femicides. We will continue to fight for the mobilization of all relevant ministries and mechanisms to fulfil this duty.

 

The reason behind 20 femicides could not be determined

This month, 40 femicides were committed, and 20 women were found suspiciously dead. 14 women were killed on the pretext of wanting to make decisions about their own life, such as wanting a divorce, refusing to reconcile, refusing to marry, or rejecting a relationship, 2 women were killed on the pretext that their mother took an injunction decision against their father, 1 woman was killed while protecting her daughter and 3 women were killed on economic pretexts. The reason behind 20 of the 40 femicides could not be determined. The inability to determine the excuse behind the murder of 20 women is the result of violence against women and femicides being rendered invisible. Unless it is determined by whom and why women were killed, unless a fair trial is conducted and the suspects, defendants and murderers are given deterrent punishments and unless preventive measures are implemented, violence continues to increase in size.

 

We would like to share the names of the women, each of whom was a life:

Femicide data in the month of May, by city:

 

By whom were the women killed?

Of the 40 women killed in May, 15 were killed by the man they were married to, 6 by their father, 4 by the man they were with, 4 by an acquaintance, 3 by a relative, 2 by the man they used to be married to, 2 by the man they used to be with, 1 by her brother, 1 by her son and 1 by a stranger. The relation of the perpetrator could not be determined for one woman. This month, 38% of the women who were killed were killed by the man they were married to.

 

Women were mostly killed in their homes

25 of the women were killed at their homes, 6 in the middle of the street, 2 in a car, 2 in a deserted place and 2 at their workplace. It could not be determined where 3 women were killed. 63% of the women killed this month were killed in their homes.

 

Women were mostly killed with firearms

19 of the women killed this month were killed with firearms, 13 with sharp objects, 4 by strangulation, 2 by being burned to death and 1 by being pushed from a height. The weapon which was used to kill one woman could not be determined. 48% of the women killed this month were killed with firearms.

 

No Passage for the 9th Judicial Package and Attack on Law Numbered 6284

The Constitutional Court annulled the article of the law on women changing their surname to that of their husbands after marriage on the grounds that it was contrary to equality. Although six months have passed since the Constitutional Court’s annulment, this decision has not been taken into consideration. According to the 9th Judicial Package draft, women will not be able to use just their surnames after marriage. The 9th Judicial Package’s regulation on surnames is unlawful. The surname struggle that has been waged for years is women’s struggle for identity and existence. We will not give up any of the rights that we have been fighting for.

The draft also includes regulations that attempt to render 6284 dysfunctional. It is stated that men who violate protection orders will be able to object to imprisonment. The protection of women and children will be hindered by opening the way to appeal against compulsory imprisonment, which currently has deficiencies in its implementation. This is a regulation against women, putting their lives at risk and encouraging perpetrators of violence. 6284 is our red line. We will never let it be touched.

 

Empower Women, Not the Family

On the 15th of May, ‘World Family Day’, the ‘Action Plan for Protection and Strengthening of the Family’ covering 2024-2028 was introduced, and an implementation circular was published in the Official Gazette. As if they were not the ones who withdrew from the Istanbul Convention overnight, the strategic goals of the action plan include “reviewing the existing legal regulations, identifying the deficiencies and introducing family-oriented solutions”, while our demands to “implement the constitution, the law and the convention”, which we have been saying in protests for years, were ignored. Moreover, while non-governmental organizations should have been included among the institutions and organizations to be cooperated with, it was the Police Academy Presidency that dismissed women’s complaints, which was chosen. The action plan also includes creating a “family index that measures risks and well-being of the family” and “conducting studies in the three provinces with the highest divorce rate and the lowest fertility rate”. Instead of including non-governmental organizations such as us, cooperation with TURKSTAT (Turkish Statistical Institute) was added to this aim. Women who are murdered every month at home, in the workplace and on the street, which stands to be one of the primary problems of Turkey, have been turned into the object of a population growth strategy.

 

We Will Reveal the Truth Behind the Suspicious Deaths of Women

13 years have passed since the Istanbul Convention was signed. It was one of the most crucial international solutions in the fight against femicides and suspicious deaths of women. While the Minister of Justice said, “Violence against women is not only Turkey’s problem but a global issue”, they fail to realize how vital international solutions and the Istanbul Convention are both locally and globally.

Since the decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, femicides and suspicious deaths of women have increased exponentially. Many femicides continue to remain in the dark and are made to look like accidents. In Yalova, Semiha Sözer had fallen to her death from a cliff. Initially, Semiha was said to have fallen by accident, but it turned out that she was pushed off the cliff by the man she was married to. In Gölcük, Rümeysa Meriç Özcan was thought to have died in a traffic accident. However, it was revealed that she was strangled to death with a rope and then a traffic accident was staged by the man she was with. In Istanbul, Pelin Köksal and Selen Bilgin are suspected to have been injected with drugs and killed by the same doctor. However, the suspect was released under judicial control conditions. In Ankara, Ayfer Koçak was strangled to death by her relative in her house. The perpetrator then tried to make the murder look like an accident by putting a cigarette in Ayfer’s hand and trying to set the house on fire. The perpetrator is currently under arrest. Effective investigations must be carried out to reveal the truth behind suspicious deaths of women. Perpetrators should be punished.

 

Sexual Violence Increases, Impunity Protects Perpetrators

Children and women continue to live under the threat of sexual violence. In Sultanbeyli, 13-year-old A. A. was systematically sexually abused by 15 people. At the hearing, the defence lawyer asked whether the child had been warned about the length of her school skirt. In 2019, a 7-year-old child was repeatedly sexually abused by her biological father and stepbrother. In 2022, the defendants were acquitted on the grounds that there were no camera recordings. 2 years later, the defendant confessed to the crime.

 

In Istanbul, Buse Berfi Yılmaz was beaten repeatedly by Ahmet Hasan Yılmaz, the man she was with. Buse has two fractures in her skull, bite, scratch and beating marks on her body and is currently unconscious. But the defendant is still free. The political power is responsible for the unlawful way in which perpetrators of violence are able to walk the streets. Minister of Justice Yılmaz Tunç’s statement, “Violence against women is not only Turkey’s problem but a global issue”, is proof of how state institutions embrace these policies of impunity. Even though violence against women is a global problem, withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention is Turkey’s problem.

 

Case Developments of May

In Manisa, university student Hilal Sultan Kırgöz was shot dead by driving instructor Önder Lafçı, who tried to kidnap her. The court sentenced Lafçı to aggravated life imprisonment. 

 

In the case of Mine Akgül, who was shot dead by her son B. A. in January, the perpetrator was sentenced to life imprisonment on the charge of ‘murder with probable intent’ and 19 years and two months of imprisonment with a discount due to the perpetrator’s minor age and good behaviour.

 

In Adana, the investigation against Burak A. regarding the murder of Bahar Torun, who was killed in 2022, was completed. In the indictment prepared by the prosecutor’s office, it was stated that Burak A., who Bahar had gotten a restraining order against, broke his electronic handcuff before the attack. Aggravated life imprisonment and up to 7 years in prison were requested for the defendant.

 

In the case of lawyer Belen Nesil Coşğun, who was murdered in Ankara, perpetrator Muhammet Balcı was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment for deliberate murder.

 

In the Beylikdüzü district of Istanbul, nurse Selen Bilgin was found dead in her hospital room. It was alleged that she died as a result of a drug injected by the doctor Fatih A., the man she was with. The suspect doctor was released on judicial control conditions.

 

In Konya, Tayfur Kılıç confessed that he strangled his wife Bedriye Kılıç to death and threw her into a cliff. The court sentenced Tayfur Kılıç to aggravated life imprisonment without any discount. Bedriye’s body has still not been found.

 

In Osmaniye, Salim Koyuncu stabbed his 4-month-pregnant wife Hediye Koyuncu 25 times and killed her. The perpetrator said he lost his temper over the words, “You are not a man”. The court sentenced Koyuncu to aggravated life imprisonment without any discount.

 

In the Milas district of Muğla, 18-year-old Zehra Bayır was killed by İlimter İlter, the owner of the entertainment venue where she worked, on the pretext of debt. The perpetrator hit her on the head and then threw her body into the pool. The court sentenced İlimter İlter to aggravated life imprisonment.

 

The life sentence given to Necat Sevinç, who allegedly killed his wife Makbule Sevinç in Muş in 2021 by throwing her out of a car, was overturned. In the retrial, the court sentenced Necat Sevinç to 15 years for ‘injury aggravated by consequence’.

 

In Bursa, Ertan Arıç stabbed his wife Sabriye Arıç 32 times and killed her on the pretext of jealousy during an argument. Arıç was sentenced to 18 years in prison for ‘attempted intentional homicide against the spouse’, but his sentence was reduced to 15 years for calling an ambulance after the incident, his feelings of remorse and good behaviour.

 

In Erzurum, Ahmet Yavuz Köşebent killed his mother and injured his father. The court ruled that the defendant was mentally stable and sentenced him to aggravated life imprisonment for the murder of his mother. However, the sentence was converted to life imprisonment with a good behavior discount. The 18-year prison sentence for injuring his father was reduced to 15 years.

 

Suspicious deaths of women should be revealed immediately

As we have been stating in our reports for a while, there is a very serious increase in the number of suspicious deaths of women presented as suicides or natural deaths and in the number of women who were found suspiciously dead during the pandemic. Unfortunately, shedding light on the suspicious deaths of women can be even more difficult than femicides. It is necessary to reveal whether women were killed, whether they were killed by accident, whether women were killed on the basis of gender (whether it was femicide), whether they committed suicide or whether they were driven to suicide.

 

In Zonguldak, the body of the woman washed ashore was identified as 58-year-old Saadet Yürektürk, thanks to the voter paper found on her. The investigation into the incident continues.

 

Emine Güzel, who went missing in the Kürdün district of Gümüşhane, was found dead in a stream bed 8 hours later.

 

In Hatay, a woman who went mushroom picking was found dead in the forest.

 

In Samsun, 25-year-old and five-month-pregnant Eda Nur Sönmez was found dead hanging with a rope in her house.

 

In Antalya, 59-year-old Ashfaq Ahmad Qureshi was found dead in a pool of blood. Knife cuts were found on her neck and arm. Her son, with whom she lived, was detained by the police as a suspect.

 

What happened regarding women in May?

Istanbul and Ankara Metropolitan Municipalities started free HPV vaccination. Individuals in need of socio-economic assistance will benefit from the practice in the first stage.

 

Lawyer Feyza Altun was sentenced to 9 months in prison for ‘publicly insulting religious values adopted by a certain section of the public’ due to her anti-Sharia post.

 

We Will Stop Femicides Platform received the Honorary Award at the 16th TÜKD Leading Women Award Ceremony.

 

The Peruvian government classified transgender identities as a mental health problem in its Basic Health Insurance Plan.

 

The stories of the life struggles of the 40 women killed in May

In Ankara, 28-year-old Edanur K. was stabbed to death by S. K., the man she had an argument with on the street. Nur G., who tried to stop the incident, was injured. The perpetrator was detained.

 

In Kayseri, 23-year-old Buse Erkin, mother of one, was stabbed to death by Yunus Yılmaz, her father. It was revealed that the perpetrator had 38 criminal records. The perpetrator was arrested.

 

In Istanbul, 54-year-old Gülya Akça was shot to death with a firearm by Hüseyin Çizmeci, her former business partner. The perpetrator attempted suicide after the incident.

 

In Kilis, 23-year-old Merve Kuvara and her 8-year-old daughter Emine Kuvara were strangled to death by Yusuf Kuvara, the man Merve was married to. The perpetrator committed suicide after the incident.

 

In Samsun, teacher Saadet Çay, mother of two, was killed by Adem Çay, the man she was in the process of divorce. The perpetrator, who had 19 criminal records, was arrested.

 

In Ankara, 16-year-old B. S. İ. was stabbed to death by E. İ., her brother. The perpetrator was detained.

 

In Mersin, 33-year-old Nadya Zorlu, mother of one, was shot to death by İbrahim Zorlu, the man she was in the process of divorce. The perpetrator committed suicide after the incident.

 

In Manisa, 39-year-old Hatice Ebem, mother of three, was shot to death with a firearm by Mirza Ali Ebem, the man she was married to. The perpetrator was arrested.

 

In Diyarbakır, 32-year-old Vezire Ertürk, mother of two, was stabbed to death by Mehmet Ertürk, the man she was married to, on the pretext of ‘not bringing water’. The perpetrator was arrested.

 

In Kocaeli in 2017, 27-year-old Güneş Yıldıztan went missing during her stay at a women’s shelter. It was revealed that Güneş was murdered by Nihat Yıldıztan, the man she was married to, and his relatives. 26 people were detained in connection with the incident.

 

In Kırıkkale, 43-year-old Fidan Cantemir, mother of three, was killed by Emrah Bahadır, the man she worked with. Emrah Bahadır had been harassing Fidan Cantemir for a long time. Fidan had previously gotten a restraining order, filed a complaint against the perpetrator and changed her workplace. The perpetrator was arrested. Fidan lost her 20-day struggle for life.

 

In Gaziantep, 44-year-old Zeynep Özdemir was shot to death with a firearm by Halil Özdemir, the man she was married to. Zeynep’s son İbrahim Eren Özdemir and her son-in-law Hanifi Bozkurt were also seriously wounded.

 

In Elazığ, 25-year-old Dilara Günana, mother of a child, was found buried in the ground eight days after she disappeared. It was later revealed that her relative Volkan Kaplan killed her on the pretext of ‘wanting to look at the phone’.

 

In Ankara, 33-year-old Hasret Öztürk, mother of two, was shot to death with a service pistol by deputy commissioner Veysel Öztürk, the man she was married to. The perpetrator shot their children Nisanur and Mustafa with the same gun and then committed suicide.

 

In Aydın, 48-year-old Aylin Pekin, mother of one, was shot to death with a firearm by Mehmet Şah Yeşilova, the man who had been stalking her for three months. It was learned that Aylin Peker filed a complaint against the perpetrator, and the perpetrator committed the murder after the police warned him.

 

In Izmir, 34-year-old Sevim Duman was shot to death with a firearm by Birkan Erkan, the man she used to be married to. The perpetrator then committed suicide with the same gun. It was learned that the perpetrator had three criminal records, including a 1-month precautionary decision.

 

In Istanbul, Bahar Kaban was shot to death with a firearm in the middle of the street on her way to work by Gökhan Y, the man she used to be with. It was learned that the perpetrator had been stalking Bahar Kaban for a long time, and she had filed a complaint against him.

 

In Çorum, Nazegül Orhan and her sister Meryem Karakoç were shot to death with a firearm by Hasan Orhan, the man Nazegül was in the process of divorce. The perpetrator committed suicide after the incident.

 

In Şırnak, Zeliha Kaptıkaçtı was stabbed to death by K. Ö., the man she was with, on the pretext of ‘looking at others while walking on the road and being jealous’.

 

In Mardin, 28-year-old Media Almahmoud was stabbed to death in 10 places by A. A., the man she was married to.

 

In Muğla, Hanife Yılmaz, mother of two, was killed by Hasan Bulut, the man she was with, by pouring gasoline on her and setting her on fire.

 

In Kocaeli, 18-year-old Rümeysa Meriç Özcan was killed by T. A., the man she was with, on the pretext of refusing sexual intercourse. She was first beaten, and then the perpetrator tied a rope around her neck and tied it to the door of a pickup truck and pushed the car off a cliff.

 

In Sakarya, 64-year-old Mükerrem Yılmaz was killed by Ö. Y., her son, on the pretext that she did not give him money. The perpetrator poured gasoline on her and burned her.

 

In Yalova, Semiha Sözer had died after falling off a cliff 15 months ago. It was revealed that she was pushed to her death by Erdal Sözer, the man she was married to.

 

In Istanbul, 47-year-old Ayşe Çiçek was shot dead with a shotgun by Şinasi Çiçek, the man she was married to. The perpetrator then committed suicide with the same gun.

 

In Erzurum, 73-year-old Hangül Ciğerli, mother of three, was shot dead with a firearm in her sleep by Halil Ciğerli, the man she was married to, on the pretext of not cooking for him.

 

In Samsun, 39-year-old Kader Yıldırım, mother of two, was murdered by Mehmet I., her relative, in order to steal her gold bracelets.

 

In Manisa, 32-year-old Nagihan Can, mother of one, was stabbed to death after an argument by Aytunç Çakıl, the man she used to be married. The perpetrator also stabbed Nagihan’s brother İbrahim Can and her mother 62-year-old Fatma Can who tried to protect Nagihan. The perpetrator continued to stab Fatma as she attempted to flee. While Fatma died at the scene, İbrahim and Nagihan were taken to the hospital, but they could not be saved. In his statement, the perpetrator said that he stabbed Nagihan on the pretext that he could not accept her remarriage and did not want to give her custody of their joint children.

 

In Istanbul, 29-year-old Zahra Nojioua was stabbed in the throat and killed by Doğukan Uğur, the man she was married to, on the pretext of jealousy. The perpetrator, who later stabbed the person who introduced him to Zahra, was caught in Trabzon, where he tried to escape.

 

In Ankara, 45-year-old tax inspector Serap Doğan was first taken hostage and then killed with a firearm by Selahattin Özdemir, the man she had met on a previous assignment and who had been persistently stalking her. It was learned that Serap had issued a restraining order against the perpetrator, but no further sanctions were imposed on the perpetrator even though he had violated the restraining order. 

 

In Ankara, 30-year-old Başak Tekin was dragged on the ground and shot in the head with a firearm by Özgür Kemal Akdemir, the man she used to be with, on her way to work. On a note found inside the perpetrator’s bag was written, “I heard that you are engaged. I apologize for shooting myself in the head in front of you”.

 

62-year-old Nazime Şahin and her daughter 29-year-old teacher Fatmanur Şahin were murdered by Seydi Şahin, the man Nazime was married to and Fatmanur’s father. Nazime had left Elazığ to divorce Seydi Şahin and moved to Istanbul to live with Fatmanur.

 

In Bursa, Murat Kılıç stabbed his children, 11-year-old Zeynep and 6-year-old Aslı, and strangled his son Muhammet Ali to death upon learning that Gülay Kılıç, with whom he was in the process of divorce, had issued an injunction against him after he forcibly abducted their children.

 

In Ankara, 48-year-old Ayfer Koçak was strangled to death by Serkan *, her relative, in her own house. It was learned that the perpetrator set the house on fire to make the murder look like an accident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Our Report: Every month, the news on violence against women in the press includes cases, new incidents and details about the women's movement. We compile the news reflected in the press and the applications that come directly to us, reach a number and prepare our report within this framework. We analyze, compile and evaluate our Femicide Report according to the concept of femicide. In other words, the conceptualization of femicide is; “the killing or forcing into suicide of individuals of the female gender, from embryo to fetus, infant to child, adult to elderly, by a man, simply because of their gender or on the pretext of their actions contrary to the gender stereotypes. and the perception of gender identity. Femicides should not be perceived sorely as murders in which people of the female gender are killed. In these murders committed with hatred, what is attacked is the female identity itself”


 




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