ISPARTA - Doğan News Agency
A Turkish woman who killed and decapitated her rapist will not be permitted to abort the fetus that was conceived in the attack, a Turkish court has ruled.
The woman, Nevin Y., has repeatedly stated her to wish to abort the baby, but the court has denied her request on the grounds that that the fetus is now 29 weeks old.
Lawyers for the woman had requested that the fetus be aborted in line with a law that permits abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy in the event that the child is conceived through rape.
The court, however, stated that Nevin Y. was 29 weeks pregnant, which exceeded any legal time limits that allowed abortions to take place.
The woman has reportedly said she is willing to die as long as she undergoes the abortion.
Nevin Y., a local in Isparta's Yalvaç district, made headlines recently when she severed the head of a man who had been raping her and blackmailing her for months, tossing it into the open in the village square.
She was arrested shortly after police forces detained her. She reportedly told villagers that the head was the "head of the one toying with [her] honor."
Web users around the world have responded strongly to the story with global media outlets reporting on the incident.