On October 5, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet published a chilling report concerning the lives of women in Turkey:
A total of 35 women were killed in September and 44 others were subjected to sexual violence, according to a report released by the Kadin Cinayetlerini Durduracagiz Platformu, a women’s rights activist organization that keeps track of violence against women.
Violence against women and murders have been on the rise and a total of 15 children were abused in September.
The report was prepared using news reports and notices the organization received from the victims or their relatives. Fifty-nine percent of the murders in September were carried out by husbands, boyfriends and relatives, and a total of 35 children were left without a mother as a result of the murders.
The report further explained that, of the 35 women killed in September:
- 43 percent were murdered for unknown reasons
- 34 percent were murdered for taking decisions regarding their own lives
- 11 percent were murdered for ending their relationships
- 9 percent were murdered for seeking a divorce
- 3 percent were murdered for economic reasons
Women were also reportedly tortured before being murdered:
Women are being killed by beating, beheading, burning, shooting and torture.
The report stressed that these findings are the start of a several-year trend. Violence against women, child sexual abuse, and sexual violence have been on the rise: According to the organization, 237 women have been murdered in the first nine months of 2016, 303 women were murdered in 2015, and 237 were murdered in 2013.
The report criticized the lack of measures protecting women from violence in Turkey:
Women are being killed because they are not protected.
Women continue to be killed by the people closest to them when they want to make decisions regarding their own lives … Women can make decisions regarding their own lives — they should be able to do so and the result of it shouldn’t be them being murdered.
“Muslim-majority countries are worst in gender equality”
Violence against women is a serious problem in many parts of the world. But in majority-Muslim countries, it is widespread, systematic and warmly tolerated.
According to U.S. News & World Report:
Of the 10 countries perceived to be the worst in terms of gender equality — based on data from the 2016 Best Countries rankings that evaluated 60 countries — eight are Muslim-majority nations. Islamic Sharia law often plays a large role in the governance of personal matters like marriage, divorce and inheritance among Muslim populations.
In recent years, the misogynistic teachings of Islamic scripture have again become the dominant culture in Turkey. The impact of Islamic law is now overwhelming the country’s century of somewhat “secular” culture.
Oppression of women is allowed or even promoted in Islamic scripture, and violence against women and homosexuals has always been commonplace in Islamic countries, including Turkey.
In Islam, men are superior to women, according to the words of Muhammad and the Koran. A Muslim man can marry as many as four women and have sexual relations with an unspecified number of slaves. But homosexuality is punishable by death.
The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth) to be used by a man as he wills. It also permits marriage to pre-pubescent girls, demanding that Islamic divorce procedures “shall apply to those who have not yet menstruated.”
And divorce is pretty easy. A Muslim man can divorce his wife simply by repeating “I divorce you” three times.
Islamic scriptures also allow a man to hit his wife. According to testimony in a hadith, Muhammad physically struck his favorite wife, Aisha, for leaving the house without his permission.
Islamic law asserts that a man’s prayer is annulled if a dog or a woman passes in front of him as he is praying.
A hadith depicts Muhammad saying that the majority of the inhabitants of hell are women.
All of these misogynistic rules or teachings of Islam have obviously paved the way for the dehumanization of women in Islamic societies. Millions of women have become victims, and the crimes are again on the rise in Turkey.