Life sentence sought for woman who carried out self-defense
31-year-old Melek Ipek survived torture by her husband thanks to self-defense. The chief public prosecutor's office in did not recognize self-defense and charged her with premeditated murder.
Melek Ipek, 31, from Antalya, shot her violent husband in self-defense on 8 January.
37-year-old Ramazan Ipek had handcuffed Melek Ipek on Thursday evening and severely abused and raped her all night after torturing her to the point of unconsciousness. When he said that he would kill his wife and their children aged six and eight, Melek Ipek defended herself and shot the man with a gun. She then called the emergency medical services, which determined that Ramazan Ipek was dead.
During her interrogation, Melek Ipek stated that she only wanted to scare off her violent husband with a gun. Ramazan Melek then pounced on her, and a fatal shot was released. “I am sorry and I regret what happened. But if this terrible event hadn't happened, my children and I would be dead now,” said Melek Ipek in her statement to the court.
The chief public prosecutor's office in Antalya has now filed charges and is demanding a life sentence for premeditated murder. The indictment claims that Melek Ipek did not act in self-defense.
Melek Ipek had demanded protective measures from the police several times before her act of self-defense. Her tormentor had already threatened her after the birth of her now eight-year-old daughter, saying; "If you report me, I'll make a statement to the police and go free again. If I come back, I will kill you and the child."