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.
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
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 CNN.com.
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.
The 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 thereligionofpeace.com)
For 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.
A 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.
A woman in Turkey is raped but the judge blames the victim. Why? Remember, in Islam, men cannot be expected to control their sexual urges. And in sharia law, a female rape victim must produce four witnesses in order to be declared a victim of a crime.
A lawyer has filed a complaint with the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) against a judge who ruled to release two suspects arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl and allegedly scolded the girl’s mother for not watching her closely enough.
The Sabah daily reported on Thursday that the İzmir 2nd High Criminal Court last week ruled for the release of two suspects who were arrested two years ago on charges of raping H.S., who was 15 at the time. Prosecutors had demanded 18 years in prison for the two suspects.
Read the rest of this disgusting story here: Judge Blames Rape Victim’s Mother For Not Watching Daughter.
(h/t to the thereligionofpeace.com)
The core team of the magazine, which is currently the talk of the country, are perusing the sixth issue of Alâ. It’s a complete success, as were the preceding issues, so much so that the magazine has to increase its circulation again, from 25,000 to 30,000 copies. These are impressive sales figures for such a high-gloss product, which only uses models that wear headscarves and only advertises brands specializing in women’s clothing that conforms to Islamic customs. Alâ is the avant-garde of “Tesettür,” or “veiled” fashion. The name of the magazine, which stems from the Ottoman era, means “the most beautiful of the beautiful.”
The liberal daily newspaper Radikal called the fashion magazine “the Vogue of the veiled.” The first issue came on the market in June 2011, at a price of 9 lira (€3.90, or $5.10). A smiling model covered in pink material and black lace, looking bashfully at the floor, appeared on the cover. Inside, were articles such as “The Colors of Summer,” photos of love-struck, freshly married couples and all kinds of shopping tips — chaste, but somehow cool at the same time. All of this seemed to suit the taste of conservatives to a T.
A fashion magazine for the devout but consumption-oriented “türban” women — it was exactly the sort of niche they had envisioned. For years, successful Muslim women have gone to their own hair and beauty salons and vacationed in luxury hotels exclusively for women. Nowadays, especially deep-pocketed members of the Muslim bourgeoisie are turning up in the same fashionable Istanbul shopping centers that were once reserved for the secular elite.
For all fashion mavens, read the rest of the article HERE.
I have to agree with their desire to have a woman’s fashion magazine that is not plastered with pictures of weird looking anorexic models, children in sexually provocative poses and partially or completely nude celebrities. Where is the Western woman’s Ala?
In the wake of a report that 160 women were murdered in Turkey in 2011 by male partners or relatives, some are calling for women at risk to be given free guns and lessons in how to use them.
The new statistics, released by the group “We Will Stop the Murders of Women”, paint a dire portrait of the state of women’s rights in Turkey, as the Istanbul newspaper Today’s Zaman writes.
Read the rest HERE.
Roger Friedland has written a peculiar piece in the Huffington Post titled, Muslim Lite: Women, Islam and the Turkish Way. Much of the article concerns women in Turkey who voluntarily Islamacize themselves and welcome the return to stricter ideological rules enforced by peer pressure. These women are admired by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, a pious and more militant Muslim, who has been quoted saying:
The mosques are our barracks
The domes our helmets
The minarets our bayonets
And the faithful our soldiers.
Roger and his co-writers romanticize the wearing of hijab headscarf as a political action and laud the idealism of the young women (and men) who think that “Islam is the answer” to the cultural and economic power of the secular West and its relentless modernity.
As elsewhere in the Muslim world, many of these [Turkish] young people were looking for the way, for the “pure” Islam that would redeem their honor and their value in a secularizing state that disparaged them. They had grown up with people looking down on their newcomer parents as irtijah, “backward” or “reactionary,” as coarse and uncultivated. It was these young women who started showing up at school wearing headscarves. It offered them a way to move in the anonymous metropole jostling with strange men. Their chic, silk headscarves marked them as women who, unlike their mothers, had chosen their modesty. They were modern and on the way up. They refused the traditional binaries of the Republican state: Religious girls could be modern, too.