Honour Killings in Turkey

The Human Rights World Affairs Blog Network reports that the law against honor killings, passed in Turkey four years ago, has brought an unanticipated gruesome side effect, particularly for young women. Rather than send her family to jail for killing her, young women are now expected to commit suicide.

In Batman, a small city in the southern region of Kurdish dominated Turkey, the cemetary’s director says that in the past year 18 women have committed suicide.

Hanging, shootings, and rat poison are common methods. He suspects many are simply murdered by their families and then reported as suicides.

Honor Killings: Turkey