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Den tyrkiske justisministeren kunne mandag fortelle om nærmest en eksplosjon i antall æresdrap de senere år. Fra 66 i 2002 til enorme 953 bare i årets syv første måneder. Man må stille spørsmålet: Hva sier dette om utviklingen i det tyrkiske samfunnet? En rimelig betraktning må være at det sier noe om kvinner som ønsker frigjøring og menn som går den motsatte vei. Kan det ha noe å gjøre med regjeringspartiet AKP og deres såkalt moderate islamisme?

The breakdown of the figures provided by Ergin is as follows: Eighty-three women were killed in 2003, 164 in 2004, 317 in 2005, 663 in 2006, 1,011 in 2007 and 806 in 2008. Ergin further stated that 12,678 cases were launched in connection with violence against women and domestic violence between 2002 and July 2009, 15,564 people were brought to trial in these cases and 5,736 were convicted. There were 1,859 defendants acquitted of charges, while 794 were released on parole.

Vi snakker her ikke om Iran, et diktatorisk teokrati, men om NATO-landet Tyrkia, det vestvendte landet som vil inn i EU.

Bildet: Güldünya Tören ble drept av sine to brødre på et sykehus i Istanbul i 2004. Hennes historie er blitt et symbol på æresdrap-kulturen.

Güldünya was «guilty» of being raped by her cousin, and refusing to become his «second wife» after giving birth to a baby. She was 22.

İrfan and Ferit Tören killed their sister, Güldünya Tören, to «cleanse their family honor» after a second attempt and received sentences for the crime of attempted murder for their first attempt to kill her and murder for killing her.

Güldünya, who escaped her brothers’ first attempt, was later shot dead by her brothers at a hospital where she was receiving treatment.

After the birth of her baby, Güldünya took refuge at a police station in İstanbul from her family, who promised the police that she would «not be killed.» Acting on the promise, the police sent Güldünya Tören to the home of her uncle, Mehmet Tören, in the Fatih district, where she was attacked by her brothers. She escaped this attack as well, and she was taken to the Bakırköy State Hospital suffering from major wounds. In her testimony to the police at the hospital, Güldünya said her brothers had indeed tried to kill her but that she was not going to file a complaint.

Two days after the first attack, the two brothers killed Güldünya with two bullets to the head.

Güldünya Tören, who left her village in Bitlis and moved to her uncle Mehmet Tören’s house, in her testimony on Oct. 8, 2003 had filed a complaint against Mehmet Tören, who she said had threatened her with death.

Tören’s death came to symbolize the suffering of women who fall victim to crimes of tradition.

United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women Yakın Örtürk in a 2004 report submitted to the UN gave detailed information about Güldünya’s killing. The report said that Güldünya had «refused» to live with her relative, who had raped her, as his second wife, ran off to İstanbul to take refuge with the police, who returned her to her uncle despite the risk. Ertürk’s report also says officials at the Bakırköy State Hospital where Güldünya was shot shared responsibility for her death.

Her er noen andre saker.

Birgül Işık (Elazığ, 2005): murdered by her son when she claimed on a TV show that she was subjected to violence.

Çiğdem İnce (İzmir, 2003): killed by her elder brother because of an extramarital pregnancy.

Evrim Sarıçiçekler (İstanbul, 2005): killed by a person hired by her family because she married someone that her parents did not approve of.

Kadriye Demirel (Diyarbakır, 2003): killed by her brother because she became pregnant after being raped.

Pınar Kaçmaz (Diyarbakır, 2002): killed by her father and brother because she applied to a modeling agency.

Şemse Allak (Mardin, 2002): stoned to death because of an extramarital affair.

Zehra Karagöz (Şanlıurfa, 2003): stabbed to death by her husband because of rumors that she had affairs with other men.

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