Man stabs wife in street over divorce request

Man stabs wife in street over divorce request

DENİZLİ - Doğan News Agency
Man stabs wife in street over divorce request

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A man in Turkey’s western province of Denizli stabbed his wife in the street several times after she said she wanted to divorce him, Doğan News Agency reported Feb. 9.

The husband, identified by the police only by the initials D.Ö., threatened bypassers who tried to stop him, while continuing to stab his wife. He then called police to confess to the crime and was detained at the scene soon afterward.

The injured young woman, who was rushed to hospital after the attack, is the latest victim of domestic violence in Turkey. Some 133 women – along with 76 men and 25 children – were killed in 2014 in acts of domestic violence, according to data submitted to parliament by the police, the gendarmerie and the Justice Ministry last month.

The study showed that four out of every 10 convicts had been violent to women before the incidents that put them in jail. Nearly 66 percent of these men had attacked women with knives or guns. 

The report, submitted to the parliamentary commission on inspecting the roots of violence against women, also showed that 40 women were killed last year while under legal protection. 

Some 118,014 women, 29,419 men and 16,140 children faced domestic violence last year – according to figures that only cover recorded incidents.