Report on male brutality in Kurdistan
42 women were murdered in a year in Northern Kurdistan, 33 women committed suicide, and the deaths of 35 women were found suspicious.
The "Report on Violence against Women in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Region" prepared by the Amed (Diyarbakir) Branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD) was made public at a press conference held at the branch office.
The statement was read by Sociologist Ezgi Sıla Demir, a member of the IHD Amed Branch Women's Commission, and the report was presented by Lawyer Gurbet Yavuz, also a member of the IHD Amed Branch Women's Commission.
The statement read as follow:
"Unfortunately, this year, three women were murdered on average each day. Women were subjected to violence or killed by their spouses they wanted to divorce, their partners they wanted to break up with, their brothers, fathers and the closest men. Domestic violence, domestic harassment, most of the time, cannot be brought to justice. In cases that can be brought to justice, perpetrators generally receive light penalties for reasons such as good conduct and a reduction in provocation. Authorized police officers treat domestic violence as privacy of the family in most cases, without taking the necessary legal action, and make women go back to home where violence takes place. The police forces, who perpetrate harassment and rape, are protected with an armor of impunity. Zaynal Abarakov and Musa Orhan were the latest examples of this. While both persons were condemned in the public conscience, the judicial processes turned into scandals.
The courage of those who murdered women is the product of the policy of impunity. Because the judiciary and politics first accuse women and imply that they are out of gender roles. In courts, the judiciary and lawyers of the murderers question the life style of women. As if all these situations were not enough, the provisions of the Istanbul Convention, which is the contract on the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, are not complied with. This contract is almost ignored and anti-propaganda is made and every attempt is made to remove it. However, this agreement, which was signed in 2011, is equivalent with the provisions of the Constitution of Turkey. It contains many elements that protect the woman and her life rather than distributing the family / home. An effective implementation of the contract should be discussed instead of cancellation, and the facilities available should be used for this. Otherwise, these scenes that emerge every year will continue to increase, and many more women will die.
Between 25 November 2019 and 25 November 2020, that is, in the last year, 42 women were murdered in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia as a result of male violence in the family and social sphere, and 33 women died as a result of suicide. 35 women were found suspiciously dead. These events reported by our Human Rights Association occurred in only one region of Turkey over woman's identity. Turkey's overall picture is of course more serious. "
BALANCE SHEET ON MALE VIOLENCE
According to the information in the report, 33 women committed suicide in Northern Kurdistan, the deaths of 35 women were found suspicious and 42 women were murdered.
The data on the cities where the murders took place are as follows: