A 28-year-old Turkish woman has become a social media sensation after allegedly killing her husband.
Çilem Doğan claims she was repeatedly abused by her husband, Hasan Karabulut, starting only 28 days after their marriage. The abuse continued right through Doğan's pregnancy and even during the time she was giving birth at the hospital, she says.
However, when Karabulut asked her to accompany him to the city of Antalya, where he planned on involving her in prostitution to earn a few extra bucks, she allegedly killed him – in order to protect her “honor.”
“When I opposed, he beat me. He pushed me on the bed and the pistol under the pillow came into my mind. I grabbed it and shot him repeatedly. Then I took my daughter and left the home,” Doğan told the police, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
Doğan also described an earlier incident of Karabulut taking her into a forest and demanding she become a prostitute. She was held prisoner for quite some time until her mother discovered what was happening and threatened to involve the authorities.
When Doğan was arrested by the Turkish police on July 9, she was seen sporting a T-shirt that read: “Dear past, thanks for all the lessons. Dear future, I am ready.”
“Will women always die? Let some men die too. I killed him for my honor,” she reportedly told the police in her testimony.
Soon after her story went viral on the Internet, Doğan began receiving tons of support from Turkish women and those around the world and has become a social media icon.
I dont know why they're going to throw #CilemDogan to jail... She just defended herself. Another case of machismo in society.— Andrés Arelgí (@Arelgi) July 12, 2015
She claims to have no regrets regarding her actions and gave a “thumbs up” during her arrest.
According to the daily Millyet, she has been charged with heavy murder and remains in custody.
Turkey, known as one of the worst countries to be a woman in, has seen more than 100 females killed by men in 2015, most of whom happened to be their relatives or romantic partners.
Earlier in February, thousands of Turkish women protested against the rape and murder of a 20-year-old psychology student, Ozgecan Aslan. It was for the first time in history, women in Turkey were seen standing up collectively against domestic violence and sexual abuse in a patriarchal society.