Many girls in poor families, especially in the east and southeast of Turkey, married off

Women’s rights activist and lawyer Canan Arin was unlawfully detained on 23 June 2012 for speaking out against child marriages in Turkey. While her trial continues, she is living under permanent threat, but refuses to be silent. Open Democracy spoke to her.

Source: Association of Women in Development (AWID)

As an active lawyer and trainer you were invited to Antalya Bar Association to speak about violence against women. After your talk you were detained. What happened?

Canan Arin : I was the co-founder of the Istanbul Bar Association, Women’s Rights Enforcement Centre and worked as a trainer there.  The Antalya Bar Association was opening a Women’s Rights Enforcement Centre and the lawyers needed training. I gave a talk on violence against women in the form of early and forced marriages in the context of training.

I used two examples to illustrate my point. One was the Prophet who married a girl of seven. The second was the head of the Turkish Republic who was engaged to his wife, the first lady, when she was 14 and married her when she was 15. These are facts.  As I spoke, a group of young men got up and started shouting at me. They said I was insulting and going off the subject. I denied this and said they were free to leave the conference room, which they did.

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Turkish court reduces sentences for men accused of raping 13-year-old

Human Rights groups have reacted with outrage after a Turkish court reduced the prison sentences of 26 men convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old girl because the victim had given “consent”.

Source: The Guardian

In a judgment this week, the court ruled that the sentence was based on the old Turkish penal code, under which rape of a minor could be punished with a minimum prison sentence of 10 years – unless the child consented. Continue reading

Mass Rape Case in Kurdish Turkey – Victims Absent at Court

The trial regarding the sexual abuse of four girls by 35 people in Siirt was postponed to 25 January. Defendant Kuzu, a former teacher of the girls, was caught and arrested last week. His file will be tried separately in December.

Source: Bianet

The trial regarding the sexual abuse of four girls at primary school age by 35 people for the duration of two years was continued in Siirt (south-eastern Turkey) on Wednesday (30 November). Ten of the 35 defendants are being detained. Continue reading

Women violence on the increase in South Kurdistan

Suspicious deaths, murders and suicides of women have run high in South Kurdistan, an absolute male dominant territory which doesn’t punish violence against women.

Source: ANF

The Committee for Struggle against Violence on Women has reported that 1,012 women have set themselves alight in the last three years in South Kurdistan where women live under the threat of slaughter. Continue reading

26 Women Killed by Men in July

According to data compiled by bianet, 26 women in Turkey were killed by men in July 2011. 21 women were raped, nine were harassed, 32 women were injured. The highest number of incidents involving violence against women occurred in Adana.


According to data from local and national newspapers and news agencies compiled by bianet, 26 women were killed by males in Turkey in the month of July 2011. Three of the culprits committed suicide and one died as the result of an injury obtained during the killing of a woman. Thus, male perpetrators killed a total of 155 women during the first seven months of 2011 in Turkey and a total of 54 women were raped. Continue reading

Rape Case Results in Reduced Sentences

The Court of Appeals upheld the decision for reduced punishment in the case of the mass rape of a 13-year-old girl based on the assumption that the girl gave her consent to the rape. Lawyer Yalçındağ warned that this is not a single case. The file was forwarded to the ECHR.


In a controversial decision given in September 2010, a local court in Mardin decreed for the minimum punishment in the case of the mass rape of then 12-year-old N.Ç. The court decreed on the assumption that the girl gave her consent for the rape. The decision was now upheld by the Court of Appeals 14th Criminal Chamber.

N.Ç.’s lawyer Reyhan Yalçındağ pointed out in an interview with bianet that her client’s case was not a singular incident. She emphasized that there are several similar cases. Continue reading

Van’da erkekler ‘kadına şiddete son’ dedi

Source: Demokrat Haber

VAN – Çeşitli sivil toplum örgütlerinin erkek üyelerinden oluşan grup Van Kent Meclisi olarak, Mavi Plaza önünden Cumhuriyet Caddesi’ne kadar yürüdü.

Grup, üzerinde Ayşe Paşalı’nın katil zanlısının fotoğrafının yer aldığı temsili tabutu taşıdı. Continue reading

Batman’da şüpheli kadın intiharları

Batman’da son 10 günde 8 kadının intihara teşebbüs etmesi gözleri yine kente çevirdi…

Source: Demokrat Haber

Batman’ın Sason ilçesine bağlı Tekevler köyünde geçtiğimiz hafta 11 yaşındaki Z.E.’nin tarlada bir ağaca asılı bulunması, bu kentteki intihar vakalarını yeniden gündeme getirdi. Yerel basına göre, Batman Bölge Devlet Hastanesi Acil Servisi’ne son 10 gün içerisinde 8 intihara teşebbüs vakası geldi. Bu kişilerin büyük çoğunluğu da kadınlar. Continue reading

A Pressing Issue: Violence against Women

Lecturer Başterzi from the Turkish Psychiatric Association urged the government, the media and universities to quickly develop an action plan for the prevention of violence against women and woman murders. She called for the elimination of gender discrimination.

Source: BIA

Assoc. Prof. Ayşe  Devrim Başterzi from the Turkish Psychiatric Association called on relevant state departments, all universities and educational institutions, the media and non-governmental organizations to work out an action plan for the prevention of violence against women. She urges for a fast realization of all necessary steps and a quick implementation of the measures. Continue reading

Male Violence in May 2011

According to data compiled by bianet, men in Turkey killed 20 women, seven men and five children in May 2011. Twelve women, one man, three transvestites and transsexuals and one child were injured. Five women and seven children were harassed, five children were raped.

Source: BIA

According to data compiled by bianet from newspapers, internet sites and news agencies, men in Turkey killed 20 women, seven men and five children in May 2011. Three culprits committed suicide and the suicide attempts of two perpetrators failed.

Men in Turkey wounded twelve women, two men, three transvestites and transsexuals and one child during the past month. Continue reading