the murder of a 16-year-old girl in the northern province of Turkey of Giresun by her former engaged on Wednesday stirred up the public reaction with calls for harsh punishment for the killer. The Incident also brought the issue of the so-called “child marriages” in the spotlight.
S.Ş., identified by her initials, was at home with her disabled grand-mother when 21-year-old HCG it was promised to against his will, struck on his door on Wednesday. After arguing with his victim, the suspect slit his throat and fled. HCG was later captured near the airport as he prepared to fly out of Giresun and taken into custody.
The media reported that S.Ş. and HCG met online through social media in 2019 and the two ran away when the girl is family disapproved of the case at first. HCG was briefly detained for sexual abuse of a minor last year over the incident, but was released when the family of S.Ş. withdrew its complaint. HCG and S.Ş. had back together after his release and the two became engaged, although S.Ş. has been below legal age of marriage of 18.
Girls family filed the complaint again last December over The extreme jealousy of HCG. HCG would have been irritated by the new complaint and pleaded with S.Ş. before stabbing her death.
Social media users, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and politicians condemned the incident. Some have called on authorities to punish the girl family also over the so-called planned child marriage. Forced marriages remain a desaster reality above all in rural parts of Turkey, although their rate fell 2.7% in 2020, in accordance with the latest The data. Femicides have also decreases in in recent years but continue to claim dozens of lives every yeardespite a strict prison terms and more Protective measures for women suffering from abuse and aggression at hands of their spouses.
Condolences paid in following S.Ş. death when the authorities swore they would follow the legal process against the author of ensure It is punished. “S.Ş. was only 16 years old. They killed a little girl and we are sad. We will monitor the process for justice prevail and this inhuman murderer is punished with a sentence he deserved,” parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop tweeted. on Wednesday. Ruling Justice and Development (AK) party spokesman Ömer Çelik reiterated Şentop’s remarks in a message and said: “It was a moment of common pain.”