Unlucky Turkish Student Murdered and Burnt after Rape Attempt, Case Sparks Massive Protest

February 15, 2015 7:52 pm

 Hundreds took to the streets of Mersin, – the hometown of
brutally murdered student Özgecan Aslan – to protest against her
killing. Others joined in similar demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul.

Hundreds of women attended Aslan’s funeral in her native town of
Mersin on the country’s southeastern coast. Many of them defied
the imam conducting the funeral, after he called on them to stay
in the back. Instead, they occupied the front. Women also carried
the coffin before and after prayer.

Demonstrations were also held in Ankara and Istanbul, with
protesters carrying photographs of Aslan and other female victims
of violence.
Hundreds of women’s rights activists chanted slogans in
solidarity with Aslan in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, such as
“You will never walk alone!” They also demanded that
Family and Social Policies Minister Aysenur to Islam step down.
Aslan was last seen on a minibus by a school friend while
traveling from home to college on February 11. The friend
reportedly got off the bus before Aslan.
The private Dogan agency reported that the driver of the
minibus attempted to rape Aslan, and stabbed her to death after
she resisted with pepper spray. He then sought the help of his
father and a friend to get rid of the body, which they burnt.
 Three suspects were arrested in Mersin province – where the
murder took place – in a joint operation between the police and
the gendarmerie late on Friday.

Aslan’s mother Songul has demanded the death sentence for her
daughter’s killers.

“They should be executed, they should be tortured. Özgecan
had a wonderful heart, she would work hard, help everyone. I
cannot accept that she was massacred when she took a minibus to
come home. Is my daughter’s only mistake is to get on a minibus
to come home?”
she said

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