Video showing husband stabbing wife sparks outrage in Turkey

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Emine Bulut

The murder of a Turkish woman by her ex-husband in front of her daughter sparked outrage on Friday after a video of the attack went viral online, the Hürriyet Daily News reported.

“I don’t want to die,” Emine Bulut, covered in blood, is heard screaming to her 10-year-old child. Her tearful daughter says: “Mum, please don’t die.”

The 38-year-old was repeatedly stabbed in a cafe on Aug. 18 by her former husband in the Central Anatolian city of Kırıkkale.

Bulut, who divorced her killer four years ago, later died in the hospital.

Fedai Baran told police he killed his former wife with a knife he always carried with him.

Her name was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter and “I don’t want to die” (#ölmekistemiyorum) was widely quoted on social media.

Dozens of protesters gathered over the weekend in various Turkish cities to denounce the murder, while celebrities and politicians widely protested domestic violence. Football players condemned the violence targeting Turkish women in weekend matches.

The government said a team of psychologists was caring for the child.

In the first six months of 2019, 214 women were killed by men, while 440 women were killed last year, according to women’s rights group We Will Stop Femicide. That was up from 409 women in 2017 and 121 in 2011.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old youth who recorded the incident on video was briefly detained by police and later released without any charge.

Soner Çakır, a Turkish man who applauded the murderer and threatened on social media to kill his wife, was arrested in İzmir province on Saturday.

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