As Turkey races to reimpose Sharia, this is what happens: women who commit the crime of wanting "to make an independent decision concerning their own lives" are murdered in increasing numbers.
And in the United States, those who call attention to honor murders are vilified.
In both countries, it's the victims of such killings who suffer from the general indifference to their plight. But I am not going to stop speaking out. Come to our conference in Dearborn: Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference April 29, 2012 -- please join us as we stand up for justice for the victims of honor killing, and dedicate ourselves to resisting this barbarity and calling on our authorities to do something about it.
(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 29 - In the wake of a report that 160 women were murdered in Turkey in 2011 by male partners or relatives, some are calling for women at risk to be given free guns and lessons in how to use them. The new statistics, released by the group "We Will Stop the Murders of Women", paint a dire portrait of the state of women's rights in Turkey, as the Istanbul newspaper Today's Zaman writes. The report reveals that one in two of the 160 women murdered were killed "because they wanted to make an independent decision concerning their own lives". Of these, 41% wanted to divorce or separate from their husband or partner, 32% were murdered due to jealously on the part of their husband and 16% were killed because they rejected a man's advances. Only 23% of the women who applied to the state for protection from domestic violence this year received such assistance, the report said. Such stark statistics prompted Hayrettin Bulan, chairman of Sefkat-Der, a non-governmental group working for the protection of women, to suggest that "a last-resort solution to the problem may be to issue guns to women facing violence". Bulan added that his organization is already in talks with shooting ranges to arrange lessons for women at risk next year. But Hulya Gulgahar, a prominent Turkish women's rights lawyer, disagreed. "To arm women with guns will create a whole different set of problems," she said. (ANSAmed).