ISTANBUL – A total of 35 women were killed in October and 21 others were subjected to sexual violence, according to a report released by the Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu, a women’s rights activist organization that keeps track of violence against women.
According to the organization, a total of 42 children were left motherless as a result of femicides and 29 children were sexually abused.
Three hate crimes were committed against members of the LGBTI community.
The total number of femicides reached 272 since Jan. 1, the report also said.
Four women were killed in the southern province of Muğla, three of them were killed in Istanbul, and two murders each were committed in five provinces, the western provinces of Aydın and Manisa, the northwestern province of Balıkesir, the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa and the Black Sea province of Ordu.
Some 46 percent of the murdered women were married, according to the statistics presented by the organization. The statistics in the report also showed that 51 percent of the 35 women killed in October were murdered for making decisions regarding their own lives, for ending their relationships or for seeking divorce, while 9 percent were killed as they attempted to protect their daughters from their husbands.
Three of the murdered women had previously been subjected to violence, applied for state protection or were taken under police protection, the report also said.
Crime against women is on the increase in Turkey since Islamist AKP led by dictator Tayyip Erdogan came to power.