Over 470 women killed in Turkey in 2019: Platform
At least 474 women were murdered in Turkey in 2019, according to an annual report by Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu (We Will Stop Femicides Platform), a women's rights organization that monitors violence against women.
The number of women killed increased in 2019 compared to the previous year, the platform, which keeps a tally of murders of women, said in the report.
Some 218 women were killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, partners or ex-partners, while 101 women were killed by their relatives.
The suspects of 152 incidents could not be identified, and three women were murdered by people they didn't know.
A total of 185 women were shot with a gun, 101 women were stabbed to death, 29 women were beaten up to death, 27 women were assaulted to death, and six women were killed with chemical drugs in 2019.
A hundred and fourteen women were murdered because they asked for divorce, refused to return to their partners or rejected proposals for relationship.
Twenty-seven women were murdered due to "economic excuses," according to the report.
In 2018, a total of 440 women were killed in Turkey, according to data compiled by the same group.
The platform urges Turkish authorities to implement the Istanbul Convention, a Council of Europe agreement to combat violence against women, to prevent men from getting away with committing violence against women.
Meanwhile, Necati Tığlı, a Turkish lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and member of the Equal Opportunities Commission for Women and Men in Parliament, prepared a report on women murders, sexual abuses and child abuse between 2016 and 2019.
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