Femicide report: 326 women murdered in Turkey in 2016

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A report by a women’s rights platform said on Tuesday that femicide increased in Turkey in 2016 and totaled 328 women killed, half of which took place during the state of emergency that was declared following a failed coup on July 15.

According to a report released by the We Will Stop Femicide Platform on Tuesday, 328 femicides took place in 2016, up from 303 in 2015.

The report said that 34 women were killed in İstanbul, 17 in Adana and 16 in both Ankara and İzmir in 2016.

Thirty-one percent of femicides in 2016 were committed by spouses, 25 percent by unidentified perpetrators, 13 percent by relatives, 9 percent by boyfriends and 6 percent by ex-boyfriends.

According to the report, 44 percent of the reasons for the femicides in 2016 were unknown, while 26 percent were retribution for a woman insisting on making her own life decisions, 10 percent due to a breakup, 9 percent a result of divorce, 3 percent for resisting violence and 2 percent in sexual assault.

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