July 7th, 2012


The woes of Turkish women

One in three women in Turkey is a victim of domestic violence. This serious problem forced Ankara to pass a law in protection of women. And mind you, it could've become a really good law, had it not suffered the intervention of prime minister Erdogan.

There are many cases of a girl refusing to marry the husband that her father and brothers have chosen for her, and thus becoming a target of death threats and other forms of harassment by the family. Many of them are forced to flee their families and move to the big city where the chances are bigger that they wouldn't be found. They live under false identity, some are being aided by friends, or women's rights organizations. Some of these cases end in a fatal way, the family chasing the girl and tracking her down, and mutilating or even killing her in the end. It's like a quiet genocide.

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