A series of violent attacks against women in Turkey has put the entire country on edge – with little hope for change. Could one woman’s act of defiance begin to challenge an established culture of patriarchy? BY Sertan Sanderson
Turkish authorities arrested a 28-year-old woman in the southeastern city of Adana earlier this week after her uncommon crime sparked a great deal of public interest – and even some admiration. Cilem Karabulut turned herself in to the police and admitted to killing her husband, Hasan, aged 33, with his handgun. But Karabulut insisted that she was defending her “honor;” the husband had allegedly beaten, drugged and abused her. Furthermore, Karabulut claimed that he had also tried to force her into prostitution.