World responds to story of women who murdered her rapist
DHA PhotoWeb users around the world have responded strongly to the recent story of a Turkish woman who killed her rapist and placed his severed head in a village square following coverage of the story in several global outlets.
Britain’s Daily Mail and the U.S. newssite Gawker both brought the story to their readers, precipitating support and opposition to her acts.
While some were supportive of the woman's violent act, which she said she committed to protect her honor, others were highly critical of it.
"If violence begets violence, and a society that sees rape as the ultimate dishonor views either silence or murder as the only way for a woman to uphold her dignity," user Angelize commented on the story on Gawker. com. "This isn't badass, it's just plain destructive to society as a whole. While a victim indeed, I have difficulty calling her a heroine.”
Another user on the website wrote that killings for honor, regardless of the victim’s gender, were “wrong.”
Others, however, applauded the woman, with Daily Mail user saying “she deserves a medal."
"Violence is bad, but... well, actually, I think this violence was terrific," another user wrote on Gawker.
Another point of debate for global readers was the woman’s desire to abort the baby that was conceived in the rape, as opposing views clashed in the commentary sections.
"It's her baby, too ... Give it to someone who would love to have a baby. It's not the baby's fault the way it was conceived," a reader posted on the Daily Mail.
“I am glad that she killed her rapist, I just wish that she wouldn't kill the poor baby as well. This is a baby who didn't do anything wrong [except] to be conceived in a violent manner," another wrote.
The woman, a local in Isparta's Yalvaç district, made headlines recently when she severed the head of the 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 is now five months pregnant with the child of the rapist, according to reports, and wishes to abort the child "no matter what” despite legal restrictions that prohibit abortions after 10 weeks of pregnancy.