The data, which the Ministry of Interior ignores suspicious deaths, drew a reaction: ‘AKP sees women as worthless’

We Will Stop Femicide Platform announced that the femicide data shared by Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on his social media account contradicts its own data.

Soylu, in his social media post, said, “We cannot tolerate even a murder of a woman. Unfortunately, the number of femicides, which was 166 in the first seven months of 2021, increased to 158 in the first seven months of 2022. The platform shared, “According to our data, there were 151 femicides, 113 suspected female deaths in the first seven months of 2021, 188 female murders and 146 suspected female deaths in the first seven months of 2022. We openly share how and where and how many women were killed and how many women died suspiciously every month,” he reacted to Soylu.

Cumhuriyet talked to CHP Women’s Branch Chairperson Aylin Nazlıaka and Rukiye Leyla Süren, one of the lawyers of the We Will Stop Femicide Platform. Aylin Nazlıaka said, “According to the data of the Ministry, the number of women murdered in 2002 was 66. In 2009, in response to the CHP’s parliamentary question, we learned that femicides had increased by 1,400 percent, and we frequently brought this issue to the public’s agenda. After that day, we never got a response to our questions again,” she said.

Emphasizing that the data is hidden, Nazlıaka from CHP said, “The AKP has taken an institutional decision not to answer these questions. Lastly, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu made a statement on March 22 and mentioned our murdered sisters as numbers. As this data is not correct, the murdered women are not a number, but a ‘cand’, a mother, a child, a sister, a friend, a sister, in short, it is life itself,” he said.


CHP’s Nazlıaka concluded her words as follows: “We will bury those who pat the killers on the back in the ballot box in the first elections, and we will re-enforce the Istanbul Convention within 24 hours. AKP sees women’s life as worthless. As history has shown us, ‘Those who eat honor at lunch eat shame at dinner.’ Unfortunately, this shame discredits not only the AKP but also our country.”

Attorney Leyla Süren stated that it is not clear which murders the ministry defines as femicides and which ones it does not, and said, “We see that the Ministry does not give any place to suspicious deaths. He declared it as a murder of women, but the names of the women do not exist,” he said. Emphasizing the Istanbul Convention, Süren said, “When we say ‘zero tolerance’ in femicides, there is a government that draws its signature from the Istanbul Convention.”

Lawyer Süren concluded his words as follows: “Where and how were these women killed? What are the names of these women? There is no information. In the data of the Ministry of Interior, women are only a number. However, in our data, it is clear that the names of those women, where and by whom they were killed. We ask the Ministry which woman you do not count as a murder of women. Why are the suspicious death files still suspicious?”

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