Justice

People of Turkey Demand Laws to Protect Women After A Mother Was Stabbed

People in Turkey are adamantly calling for more laws to protect women after a mother was killed by her ex-husband in a café for simply “insulting” him.
 
38-year-old Emine Bulut brought her 10-year-old daughter to meet her ex-husband Fedai Baran at a restaurant in Kirikkale, Turkey, on August 18, 2019. Baran then stabbed Bulut in the restaurant in front of their daughter. Bulut was later taken to the hospital, where she died of her wounds. Baran told prosecutors that he stabbed Bulut after she “insulted” him while discussing the custody of their daughter.  
 
Footage of the graphic incident circulated on social media, and now, protesters are rallying behind her last words: “I don’t want to die,” and urging officials to create laws that better protect women from violence.
 
38% of women ages 15-59 in Turkey will experience violence from longtime “intimate partners” in their lifetime. According to women’s rights group We Will Stop Femicide, 214 women were killed in Turkey in the first six months of 2019.
 
Ömer Çelik, the spokesperson for Presdeint Recap Taytip Erdogan’s ruling party, said the government has to “shake the Earth” to stop violence against women. Other Turkish officials and groups have condemned Bulut’s murder.