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Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Public Says Turkish Deputy Prime Minister


A woman laughing in publicA minister in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative government has outraged Turkey’s secular community by claiming that honest women should not laugh in public.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc also urged women and men to be chaste during a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) held during Turkey’s celebration of Eid, the day marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.

“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men,” Arınc said, according to Hurriyet daily newspaper.

Praising traditional values, the 66-year-old politician listed some rules women should abide to, saying: “She will not laugh in public. She will not make display of her attractiveness.”

Read the rest: Muslim Women Should Not Laugh in Public
He sounds like the Ayatollah Khomeini who said that there was no fun in Islam.  These guys sound worried that they can’t keep their women on a leash. Are they afraid that “their” women will throw themselves at any man and ruin his honor?  What a bunch of insecure maroons!

Turkish Man Kills Wife for Birthing Another Daughter

Map of TurkeyA man in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir called police to inform them that he was murdering his wife, just a day after she gave birth to her second daughter, according to exchanges from a court hearing into the case on June 4.

V.T., 29, killed his wife reportedly by electrocuting her head while she was sleeping in their home on Jan. 25.

M.T., 33[his wife], gave birth to her second daughter on Jan. 24 and was discharged from hospital a day later. Asleep due to fatigue, M.T. was killed by her husband, who allegedly used an electricity cable and gloves to protect himself from the voltage, daily Radikal reported.

Read the rest: Turkish Man Kills Wife for Birthing Another Daughter   (h/t to Blazing Cat Fur)

Turkey’s Missing Children:  Many Are Made Sex Slaves

Sex trafficking on the riseMany of Turkey’s 3,249 missing children are now in the Far East, trapped as sex workers, the Lost Children Platform founder Yahya Durmaz said in an interview with daily Hurriyet. Durmaz, a businessman, founded the platform to find Turkey’s missing children, including around 2,800 girls, and reached out to thousands of volunteers in seven countries.

Read the rest: Missing Turkish Children: Many Sold into Sex Slavery.

Honor in Kurdistan . . .Photos of Dead Girls in Turkey Draw More Ire Than Their Murder

Turkish Girls Bodies Found After Honor KillingA photograph of two bodies being dragged out of a pond with chains has caused even a greater outcry in Iraqi Kurdistan than the murder of the two young sisters involved.

“We intend to visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs to ask them about it,” says Parwa Ali, an MP in the Kurdistan parliament for the Change Movement (Gorran), the second-largest Kurdish party. “This is too terrible. It is clear that the police from top to bottom needs training.”

The bodies of two sisters (aged 16 and 18) were found in a pond in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Said Sadiq, some 50 kilometers from Sulaimani, Kurdistan’s second-biggest city. They had been missing for two weeks, after appearing in court to fight their family’s opposition to marrying men they had chosen themselves.

The police used chains to pull the bodies out of the water.

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The picture of the girls, floating face down, was shared on Facebook, which led to reactions of shock and disgust.

“It shows the low value (that) is given to women,” someone commented. The condemnations of the way the bodies were handled overshadowed those protesting the deaths.

 “Honor killings” are a common feature in Iraqi Kurdistan, where women who are deemed to have dishonored the family by associating with men who are not immediate relatives are killed by a relative. Every year, there are hundreds of such murders, with victims often set on fire or forced into committing suicide

Read more: Murdered Girls in Turkey Dragged from Lake.

What’s the Arabic for “Chutzpah”? Muslim Murderer of Two Women Complains About Press Coverage

Turkish murderer of two women wondering why he can't kill women who reject him.A confessed Turkish killer of two Irish women asked for reporters to be banned from his trial because media reports were “depressing him”.

The request came shortly after the defendant, former waiter Recep Cetin, admitted the charges of murdering Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore, both 53 and from Newry, Co Down, in August 2011, at the Fifth High Criminal Court in Izmir, Turkey.

Recep Cetin, appearing in court alongside his alleged accomplice father, Erup Cetin, appealed for the media to be banned because of the effect reports were having on his mental health.

He complained he was being treated like, “a Christian, an atheist or communist” in the trial.

“I am a Muslim. My father is innocent, yet he has been in prison for one and a half years. Camera records show my father was not at the scene,” he added.

Cetin claimed he was suffering from depression because of media coverage of the case and called for the court to remove reporters from the courtroom.

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15 Year Old Wife Kills Herself to Escape Husband’s Violence

Muslim girl alone outside of mosque as men inside prayA 15-year-old girl in the southern province of Adana [Turkey} is believed to have killed herself to escape her husband’s violence, the Habertürk daily reported on Friday.

According to neighbors as reported by the daily, Emrah E., who is eight years older than child bride Kübra Ulaş, had kidnapped and raped the girl a year ago. Thereafter, Emrah E. threatened Ulaş’s family and demanded they allow him to marry Ulaş. Afraid, they agreed to the marriage.

Kübra Ulaş was frequently subjected to violence at the hand of her husband following their marriage nearly a year ago, say the couple’s neighbors. Emrah E. reportedly began beating Ulaş after losing his job. When Ulaş visited a hospital the next day, she was shocked to learn she had had a miscarriage caused by a kick to the stomach.

Read the rest: Child Bride Commits Suicide 

Turkish Woman Kills and Decapitates Her Rapist

Picture of Turkish Rapist and Victim Who Beheaded HimNevin Yildirim, 26, is now awaiting trial after murdering the man in her home in Yalvac, south-west Turkey last week.

The mother-of-two is five months pregnant with, she claims, her rapist’s child.

She is demanding authorities let her have an abortion even though she is four weeks beyond Turkey’s ten-week termination limit.

Yildirim said the man, Nurettin Gider, began assaulting her a few days after her husband left home in January to work a seasonal job in another town.

She claims he threatened her with a gun and said he would kill her children, aged two and six, if she did not keep silent, reports

 The rapes continued over the next eight months until August 28, when Yildirim decided she had had enough.

On that day she shot Gider after he had climbed up the back wall of her house and then shot him again when he reached for his gun.

She said: ‘I chased him. He fell on the ground. He started swearing at me.

‘I shot his sexual organ this time. He became quiet. I knew he was dead. I then cut his head off.’

In total, Yildirim shot him ten times, including several times in his groin region. He was also reportedly stabbed in the abdomen after he was shot.

She then carried his head, which was dripping blood, by the hair to the village square at Yalvac, onlookers said.

Read the rest here: Woman in Turkey Decapitates Her Rapist.  (h/t to The Muslim Issue blog)

Turkish Gender-based Violence Causes Majority of Deaths of Women

Turkish Woman Victim of ViolenceThe number of women who die due to gender-based violence surpasses the number of women who lose their lives due to cancer, traffic accidents, wars and malaria, revealed a study by the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy.

The ministry announced in July that they would soon be implementing a national action plan to combat violence against women. The national plan announced by the ministry also included important statistics regarding gender-based violence.

The number of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who lose their lives to gender-based violence outstrips deaths due to traffic accidents, malaria, cancer and war, revealed one of the surprising statistics.

Read the rest: Violence Against Women in Turkey Leading Cause of Death.  (h/t to

Turkish PM Assaults Women’s Rights

TurkeyFor weeks, thousands of women have been protesting against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 58, after he announced his intention to crack down on abortions and Caesarean section births. Since then, a debate on the role of women in Turkey has erupted — but not for the first time.

In 2010, he invited representatives of women’s organizations to the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul and confessed: “I don’t believe in equality between men and women.”

A year later, on International Women’s Day in 2011, Erdogan talked about violence against women and statistics stating that so-called honor killings had increased 14-fold in Turkey from 2002 to 2009. But that, said the premier, was only because more murders were being reported, and that there are basically few acts of violence against women.

A member of the audience says that she was “incredulous.” Erdogan’s speech was “simply misogynistic” and “intolerable window dressing,” she says.

Read the rest: Turkish PM Wants to Roll Back Women’s Rights.

Turkish Man in Germany Beheads Wife

Muslim Women in Burka's Herded by Man with SwordA Berlin man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of killing his wife and cutting her body to pieces after a row in a flat where police later found six children, authorities said. Witnesses said they saw him throw her head from the roof.

“Upon entering the apartment, officers discovered the partly dismembered body of the 30-year-old tenant and detained the 32-year-old husband after he attempted to resist them,” police said in a statement.

A police spokesman said later that the body parts were discovered on the terrace of the flat and that limbs had also been found in the courtyard of the building. An autopsy showed the woman had been stabbed to death.

The man, who is believed to work in the building industry and who, authorities say, has several traffic violations and tax infractions on his police record but no violent crimes, was to appear before a judge later Monday.

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