Anger grows in Turkey over student’s murder as 3 arrested

February 16, 2015 | By | Reply More

Feb 16, – Anger mounted in Turkey on Monday over the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student by a bus driver, as a court placed the suspected killer in pre-trial detention.

hromedia Anger grows in Turkey over student's murder as 3 arrested eu news3The killing of Ozgecan Aslan, 20, has become a rallying cause for activists campaigning to end the country’s endemic levels of violence against women, with thousands taking to the streets to protest over the weekend.

Several top officials even suggested discussions on restoring the death penalty for the perpetrator and his two accomplices.

Turkish women meanwhile shared stories of harassment and violence under the viral Twitter hashtag #sendeanlat (you tell your story).

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who enraged many Turkish women in November by declaring they were not equal to men, said the guilty deserved “the most severe punishment”.

“Violence against women is an open wound on our society,” he said in a televised speech in Ankara.

“I hope the awareness that has been raised with the death of Ozgecan will be the beginning of a new era,” he added.

Erdogan’s two daughters, Sumeyye Erdogan and Esra Albayrak, earlier paid a joint visit to the grieving family of the victim at her home in southern Turkey.

– ‘Only passenger on bus’ –

A court in the city of Tarsus, in the southern Mersin region, remanded in custody pending trial suspected murderer Ahmet Suphi Altindoken and suspected accomplices, his father Necmettin Altindoken and Fatih Gokce, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

Reports said Aslan on Wednesday evening was the only passenger left in a minibus driven by Ahmet Suphi Altindoken, 26, who changed the route of the bus when the other passengers got off, and attempted to rape her.

She tried to resist by using pepper spray but he then stabbed and clubbed her to death.

The driver then returned to Tarsus to find his father, 50, and a friend to help him dispose of the body.

They burned the body in a wooded area in a bid to hide the evidence but the corpse was found by police on Friday.

She was then laid to rest, the coffin borne only by women, on Saturday, February 14, Valentine’s Day.

According to the Hurriyet daily, Altindoken confessed to the murder, saying he had stabbed Aslan and then struck the fatal blows with a crowbar after seeing she was not yet dead.

Press journalist for HRO media – Norberto Lluch reports.

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