Man stabs estranged wife to death in southern Turkey

A man in Turkey’s southern province of Hayat was detained on Wednesday after stabbing his estranged wife to death.

Forty-seven-year-old Ahmet Kaya fatally stabbed his estranged wife Sibel Kaya, 41, in her chest and stomach in Antakya, news site Diken reported.

The couple were in the midst of a divorce, it said.

Police and an ambulance arrived in Kışlasaray neigbourhood following a report by neighbours, however, Sibel Kaya was pronounced dead at the scene, Diken said.

Ahmet Kaya, who had escaped from Hatay prison right before the incident, was detained shortly thereafter.

Femicide is a longstanding issue in Turkey, where nearly 400 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based watchdog, We Will Stop Femicide. Four-hundred-fourty women were killed in 2018.

The number of women killed in the country has increased every year since it became the first country to ratify  the Council of Europe convention on preventing domestic violence against women.