Thousands rally against domestic violence in Istanbul

Anti-domestic violence protesters rallied in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district on Saturday, in the wake of the fatal stabbing of a woman in front of her child by her ex-husband in the central province of Kırkkale.

Thousands gathered at the Kadıköy pier chanting “We don’t want to die’’ (ölmek istemiyoruz) to protest the killing of Emine Bulut, whose murder by her ex-husband, Fedai Varan, has reignited a discussion on domestic violence, independent news site Diken reported.

Twitter users supported the protest with the hashtag #Ölmekİstemiyoruz, in a nod to 38-year-old Bulut’s last words, ‘’I don’t want to die,’’ as heard in the video of her murder released onto social media. 

Since the footage was released, Bulut’s name and final words have been used on Turkish social media to raise awareness of domestic violence in the country.

Turkey’s women’s councils have called for support in Saturday’s protests, Diken said.

A 28-year-old woman in Turkey’s Southeastern province of Gaziantep was stabbed by her husband at the hospital where she was staying, hours after giving birth, NTV reported on Saturday.

The couple had separated months before the birth, NTV said. 

Several hundred femicides are recorded in Turkey each year. 

A total of  440 women were murdered by men in 2018, according to the Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu (We Will Stop Femicides Platform), an association monitoring cases of violence against women.