Turkish mother 'shoots dead pregnant daughter'

Turkish mother 'shoots dead pregnant daughter'

Turkish mother shoots dead pregnant daughter

Meryem A.

A Turkish mother, 36, has shot dead her daughter, 17, after finding out that she was three months pregnant.

The mother, named as Emine A., found out that her daughter Meryem A. was pregnant during a visit to neighbours, security sources told Doğan News Agency. She then went back home to find a gun and returned to shoot her daughter -- who worked as a cashier in a market -- five times, they added.

Bystanders outside the apartment block in the Selçuk district of the southern city of Niğde rushed to help and took Meryem to hospital but she died on the way.

The mother was detained by police but then had a nervous collapse and was hospitalised. The investigation is continuing.

Turkish authorities acknowledge there is a grave problem of violence against women in the country, although the vast majority of cases involving attacks perpetrated by men, Agence France-Presse reported June 13.

According to the non-governmental Platform to Stop Violence Against Women, 286 women were murdered in Turkey in 2014 and 134 so far in 2015.