Women Defy Imam to Carry Murdered Woman's Coffin

"It is the result of the radical Islamic atmosphere created by the government."


While Erdogan preens in his palace, the protests against his regime continue to grow. The latest flash point comes with the murder of a young college student, an increasingly common phenomenon under Erdogan's Islamic rule where the murder of women has become commonplace.

Ms Aslan, a psychology student, was kidnapped on Wednesday on her way home.

The driver allegedly tried to rape her. She reportedly fought him off with pepper spray, but was then stabbed to death. She was also hit on the head with an iron pipe.

At her funeral, women defied the Imam to carry her coffin.

Thousands bid farewell on Feb. 14 to Özgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old woman who was murdered during a rape attempt, in a funeral ceremony held in her hometown Mersin.

Although the imam requested women to step back during the ceremony, hundreds of women attended the funeral prayer on the front lines, while they also carried he coffin of Aslan before and after the prayer.

The burned body of Aslan, who had been missing for two days, was discovered Feb. 13 in a riverbed near Tarsus district of the southern province of Mersin.

Songül Aslan, mother of Özgecan, was devastated.

“I want those who killed an innocent girl to be worse than my daughter,” she told reporters during the funeral ceremony.

“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 added.

A lot of women are blaming the AKP's Islamic regime and its emphasis on imposing Islam.

Also on the protests was a gender studies academic who would only give her first name, Zeynep. She thought Ms Aslan's murder was of a political nature too.

"It is the result of the radical Islamic atmosphere created by the government. The men say that women should be conservative. They think if they are not conservative, they deserve this kind of violence," she said.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has its roots in political Islam and has been in power since 2002.

Women's rights organisations say violence against women has risen sharply in the last decade.

Human rights monitor Bianet says 281 women were murdered in Turkey in 2014, a 31 percent increase on the previous year.

It's a familiar phenomenon in Europe. Turkey's politics have been upended in no small part because of the growth of a rural and traditional population in major cities. This population supports Erdogan and the AKP and is responsible for a rise in attacks on women. And for the familiar Islamic response of blaming women for the attacks.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said in July of last year: "A woman should value chastity. ... She should not laugh in public and not be inviting in her behavior. She should protect her honor."

Strong reactions have been rising against pop singer Nihat Doğan since he posted a controversial tweet over the brutal killing of 20-year-old Özgecan Aslan, whose body was discovered in Mersin province on Feb. 13.

Doğan, who is known for his close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), had written on his Twitter account that “women wearing miniskirts and getting naked don't have the right to make a fuss when they're harassed by perverts deprived of morals due to the secular system.”

The secular system. That must explain ISIS' rape Jihad. Islam has justified violence against women from the very beginning because it handed out women as trophies and slaves to Mohammed's group of bandits. Very little has changed since then.