24 women were victims of domestic violence in Turkey in June: report

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Twenty-four women were killed by men in Turkey in June, bringing the total number of such murders during the last six months to 150, the Bianet news website reported on Wednesday.

The deaths of 21 women in June were found to be suspicious according to the Male Violence Monitoring Report: June 2021, compiled by Bianet from local and national newspapers, news websites and news agencies.

“13 women were killed by their husbands, boyfriends, ex-husbands. Three women were killed by their neighbors, three women by their relatives and one woman was killed by a male friend. While one woman was killed by her son, three women were killed by eight male strangers,” the report said.

Men also murdered at least three children and battered two others in June, according to the report.

In June, men raped at least seven women, harassing at least seven women while abusing at least seven girls and boys.

At least 94 women were subject to violence by men in June.

The report also noted that men forced at least 63 women into sex work in June, including minors and nationals of other countries.

“In the first six months of 2021, men killed 150 women, harassed 57 women, abused 72 children and raped 55 women. They also forced at least 373 women into sex work and inflicted violence on at least 414 women. In the first six months of 2021, the deaths of 120 women were reported in the press as ‘suspicious’ and at least 11 children were killed,” the report said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sparked outrage in Turkey and the international community after he issued a decree on March 20 that pulled the country out of the international treaty, which requires governments to adopt legislation prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence and similar abuse as well as marital rape and female genital mutilation.

Violence against women and femicide are serious problems in Turkey, with daily media coverage of the issue.

In 2020, 300 women were murdered, and the rate shows no sign of slowing, with 79 women killed in the first three months of 2021, according to the We Will Stop Femicide Platform.

A report drafted by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chairman Gamze Akkuş İlgezdi about domestic violence in Turkey in early June had revealed that there has been an approximately 7,000 percent increase in the number of cases of violence against women over the past 15 years.

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