Killings of Women Platform: Murders of women increased in 2019

According to figures from the Stop the Killings of Women Platform 430 women were killed in 2019 in Turkey so far. This number continues to increase in December. According to the same platform figures, the number of women who died in 2018 was 440. This number rises with each passing year in parallel with the increase in AKP anti-women policies.

On 15 November 2019, Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül met at the Monitoring Committee on Violence Against Women and said that the official figures for them were 304 in 2016, 353 in 2017, 280 in 2018, 299 in 2019. Although the figures of the platform and the state are different, the result is similar: Male violence against women increases every year.


The murder of university student Ceren Özdemir who was killed in front of her house by Özgür Arduç in December caused a great reaction.

But in December, the murder of Ceren Özdemir was followed by three others on the same day. In Bayburt, Recai Çetin killed Zehra Erdemir (40) with a knife. In the Darica district of Kocaeli, Orhan Şahin killed his wife Aslı Şahin strangling her after beating her. In Maltepe, Istanbul, Abdulselam Gunay killed Didem Mengü hitting her with a hard object in a luxoury residence.

Again on 18 December, Nazan Can was shot and killed by Mehmet Biçer. On the same day, Emine Demir was also stabbed to death by a man named Habip Demir in Mersin.