Turk­ish mother shoots dead daugh­ter af­ter find­ing out that she was preg­nant

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Turk­ish mother, 36, shot dead her daugh­ter, 17, af­ter find­ing out that she was three months preg­nant, me­dia re­ports said on Satur­day.

The mother, named as Emine A., found out that her daugh­ter Meryem A. was preg­nant dur­ing a visit to neigh­bors, the Hur­riyet daily re­ported.

She then went back home to find a gun and re­turned to shoot her daugh­ter — who worked as a cashier in a mar­ket — five times, it said.

By­standers out­side the apart­ment block in the Sel­cuk dis­trict of the south­ern city of Nigde rushed to help and took Meryem to hos­pi­tal but she died on the way.

The mother was de­tained by po­lice but then had a ner­vous col­lapse and was hos­pi­tal­ized. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties ac­knowl­edge there is a grave prob­lem of vi­o­lence against women in the coun­try, although the vast ma­jor­ity of cases in­volv­ing at­tacks per­pe­trated by men.

Ac­cord­ing to the non-gov­ern­men­tal Plat­form to Stop Vi­o­lence Against Women, 286 women were mur­dered in Turkey in 2014 and 134 so far in 2015.

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