34 women killed by men in Turkey in October - Women’s rights group

A total of 34 women, including some as young as 12, were killed by men in Turkey in October, according to a report by the We Will Stop Femicides Platform, a women’s rights organisation that monitors violence against women.

The report said 26 percent were murdered for a personal life choice, such as taking a job, six percent for seeking a divorce, and three percent for refusing to reunite with their former partner. Some 29 percent of the women were killed by their own husbands.

“Women are tortured. They are killed in front of their children or with them. Unexpected death cases are also increasing, while some barbaric practices have been used to kill women such as even placing explosives in houses … All of these are symptoms of increasing misogyny,” a previous report by the organisation said.

The report also showed that 44 percent of the women were between 36 and 65 years old, three percent were older than 66, and 23 percent were between 25 and 35 years old. Three percent were between 12 and 14 years old.

Three percent of the women killed were under state protection at the time, while for six percent courts had issued restraining orders against potential assailants. The protection provided by the government was insufficient, according to the organisation.

At least 14 women were subjected to sexual violence in October, the women's rights group also said in the report, adding that the actual figure could be much higher.

In 2017, a total of 409 women were killed and 387 children sexually abused in Turkey, according to data compiled by the same group.

For years, women’s rights organisations in Turkey have sought to raise awareness about the increase in violence against women over the last decade. According to local reports, from 2003 to 2010, Turkey witnessed a 1,400 percent increase in violence against women.