Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Domestic Violence in Turkey: If he beats me, you love me ...

Increasingly in the Turkish
 media and messages
appear on the murders
of women

Beatings, humiliation, death - between 40 and 50 percent of women in
Turkey are subjected to physical or sexual violence. This is not startled police. They soothe the victims, saying: If they fight, then love.

    "24 years it is applied against sexual violence. Her husband almost every day raped her, hit her with a stick on the head. She showed me the scars of wounds on his face. When I finally dared to approach the police, none of its pay attention and send her to go home "- from Gyulik watchdog" Human Rights Watch "tells the story of a 40-year-old woman from the city of Van iztochnoanadolskiya. Severe cases of violence as a human rights activist that is documented in the report "He fought you they love you so." Gyulik is clear: the Turkish authorities are powerless to prevent violence against women.

    Who would protect them?

    A study of Hachetepe University in Ankara, made in 2009 between 40 and 50 percent of women in Turkey are subjected to physical or sexual violence. This is twice the rate than the average for Europe. Violence against women has increased in recent years, says Ayse Gyozhdemir, voluntary assistant of an autonomous women's home in Istanbul. The home has places for 20 women. For legal and psychological assistance to women can use phone confidence.

    Increasingly in the Turkish media and messages appear on the murders of women. Recently 30-year-old man killed after 22-year hassle-wife - yuzhnoanadolskata in Mardin province. "Every day there are at least five cases of murder of women," said human rights activist Gyozhdemir. According to the organization "Bianet" only last year in Turkey have been killed over 200 women.

    A real man is the cue?

    Since 1990 Turkey has a law to protect women. But he is not properly applied by the authorities, says human rights activist. Many police officers do not even know that Turkey has such a law. Sometimes the police are trying to reconcile the victim with the perpetrator. "They say the women: it is a real man, as they fight, then love. And refer women at home," said Gyozhdemir.

    Prosecutors and judges in many cases did not take prompt action to move appeals to women. Some victims wait months while on their tormentors be taken. In addition to the existing law to protect women is no small omission. Here is just one example, divorced or unmarried women are not entitled to legal protection.

    Source: Deutsche Welle