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A 43-year-old Turkish woman who was arrested for killing her alleged rapist had no other choice but to kill her attacker, a Gaziantep court said today, releasing its detailed reasoning behind her 2012 acquittal.

Nafiye K. stabbed her rapist after filing countless complaints about him, asking police forces and courts for protection, allegedly without success. The man, identified as Ali Kalkan, had raped the woman at gunpoint several times and had been harassing her for months, even following her when she left the southeastern province of Gaziantep for another city.

Nafiye K. arranged to meet Kalkan on Nov. 21, 2011, at the Gaziantep bus station after his repeated phone calls. When he allegedly attempted to rape her again at the meeting site, the woman took out a knife and stabbed him to death.

She fled the scene after the act but was soon caught by officers. She remained under arrest for a year before the court ruled in her favor, ruling that the killing was self-defense and releasing her.

The detailed decision of the court underlined that Nafiye K.’s previous attempts to avoid her rapist had included moving to a different city. The court also cited her repeated calls to courts and policies forces.

The court stated that Nafiye K.’s mental state, and her assumptions about the possible failure of any further request for assistance from the government based on her previous experiences, contributed to feelings of desperation, making her believe that “she had no other choice” but to kill Kalkan.

“It should be accepted that the suspect had no other choice to protect herself from the sexual assault that was certain to be repeated,” the court said.

February/05/2013

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Rimon Tree

2/6/2013 9:47:55 AM

@ MARA From my heart I agree with you mainly, but I still would suggest that it would be better if Turkey changed from revenge thinking to a legal one, which certainly would have to deal out the hardest possible punishment (except death!) for such abominable crimes. I hope this poor woman will be able to pick up on a comparatively endurable life again though it will never be the same than before.

Michael Johnson

2/6/2013 8:32:36 AM

No, Gaziantep just treats women like chattel.

Ozgur A.

2/6/2013 1:30:47 AM

Killing a person must require courage. Someone who takes this courage while being raped need tremendous pressure. It is a crime that her body and psyche is put under such stress. To me, she is the wrong one in trial.

lara ulusoy

2/5/2013 7:16:52 PM

Very unfortunate and worrying that she could not be protected by the police and the legal system. Is rape so easily digested and put on the shelf? On the other hand, the shameless rapist (even though he asked for it to happen this way, underestimating reactions of women maybe), could have been punished and helped to change his whole attitude across time and through law rather than losing his life, but as I said, he asked for it and he got it.

Çılgın Kanarya

2/5/2013 6:56:56 PM

That the police did absolutely nothing to protect this poor woman for so long, until she was forced to take the law into her own hands, is absolutely scandalous & leaves me speechless. The only positive aspects to this story are that the monster who terrorized her is now where he should be - dead & buried - and that the woman is free to try to rebuild her life. Maybe she should've accused the rapist of attending Group Yorum concerts & being anti-AKP to make the police do something. DİSGRACEFUL.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/5/2013 5:37:16 PM

I am much more curious about the prosecutor's charges in this case. If the prosecutor has charged her with murder, considering that the prosecutor and police are extremely close to each other in Turkey, this case may not bring that much relief for women in the same situation. They still cannot get enough understanding and help from police.

Rudi Spermon

2/5/2013 4:18:23 PM

Good! So he got what he deserved.

Jim Phipps

2/5/2013 3:35:10 PM

This is unacceptable in Turkey. After the fact a woman had to defend herself when the police failed to protect the women in Turkey. The PM needs to take charge and change a broken police system in Turkey.

mara mcglothin

2/5/2013 3:24:50 PM

Yeah,if she had taken him to court he would have only gotten a short sentence, and probably wouldn't have even served that. See MR GUL's release of prisoners. Somethings never change in Turkey. I wish this woman Godspeed in her life free of this man. She did what she had to do. It is a shame that she couldn't have done this with the help of the law, and avoided wasting a year of her life in prison. Will she be compensated?

K M

2/5/2013 3:09:31 PM

Raped several times at gunpoint and harassed for months? Does Gaziantep lack a police force?
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