How many women are murdered in Turkey?

Kılıçdaroğlu: “Between 2002 and 2015, 5.406 women have been murdered in Turkey.”

Fact-check by Doğruluk Payı (Turkey)

After the horrific murder of Ozgecan Aslan, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu highlighted the rates of murder of women. Kılıçdaroğlu claimed that between 2002 and 2015 5.406 women have been murdered. In Turkey, it is hard to find official, reliable data about murder rates of women. There are civil initiatives and independent media agencies filling this gap by tracking the number of murders. Also, some parliamentarians have proposed parliamentary questions about the topic. When we compile these different data sources referring to different years, we found out that 5.406 women have been murdered. Yet, these numbers are not official. The only official source we found is the UN statistics, gathered through records provided by Turkish officials. According to this source, between 2002 and 2013, 13.381 women have been murdered. But UN statistics do not specify whether these women have been killed by their relatives or spouses, whereas the data collected by independent media agencies and other civil initiatives focuses specifically on murders committed by male relatives, friends, or spouses. Taking the difficulty of finding reliable data and lack of specificity in UN data into account, we conclude that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s claim is mostly true.

Read the full fact-check (in Turkish) here.

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