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Turkey: 31 victims of femicide in August alone



Why is this happening? The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they “fear disobedience”: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Muhammad’s child bride, Aisha, says in a hadith that Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: ‘Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?’” — Sahih Muslim 2127

Another hadith states: “Rifa`a divorced his wife whereupon `AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. `Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s Messenger came, Aisha said, ‘I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!’” — Sahih Bukhari 7.77.5825

Yes, you’re right: none of this says that a man can kill a woman. But it creates a culture of violence in which accidents can happen.

“31 women fell victim to femicide in Turkey in August,” Turkish Minute, September 9, 2022 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

A total of 31 women in Turkey fell victim to femicide in August, while 55 were injured in incidents of domestic violence, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported, citing the Bianet news website.

Among the victims, six had restraining orders against their killers. Moreover, 10 were murdered by an ex-partner or because they wanted to separate from their current partner. Most of the women were killed by a close male relation, such as a boyfriend, husband, father or brother.

An additional 79 women reported being victims of gender-based violence, while 13 were subject to sexual harassment and six reported they were forced into prostitution.

According to the data seven minors were also killed by men closely related to them.

Femicides and violence against women are serious problems in Turkey, where women are killed, raped or beaten every day. Many critics say the main reason behind the situation is the policies of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, which protects violent and abusive men by granting them impunity.

According to the We Will Stop Femicide Platform (Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu), 280 women were murdered in Turkey in 2021.

In a move that attracted national and international outrage, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan through a presidential decree pulled the country out of an international treaty in March 2021 that requires governments to adopt legislation prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence and similar abuse as well as marital rape and female genital mutilation….