An alleged drug addict has been arrested for shooting his pregnant teenage partner dead before cutting off her arms and legs in front of their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
Ozan Dum, 21, has been arrested for the murder of his partner Hasret Dalkoparan, whom he is alleged to have killed in her older brother Tolga Dalkoparan’s home, which is located in the district of Umraniye in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, after she sought shelter there.
Dum, who is said to have been extremely jealous, allegedly watched the house and waited for the brother to go to the market before slipping into the house and confronting his partner at around 3.20pm on Friday, 4th February.
The argument escalated, and the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and fired repeatedly at his 19-year-old partner, who was six months pregnant. Hasret died at the scene. The suspect then allegedly cut the woman’s arms and legs off.
All of this reportedly took place in front of the couple’s one-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
After hearing gunshots, the victim’s unnamed aunt called the police. Numerous law enforcement personnel were sent to the scene, along with medics.
The medics could only pronounce the young woman dead, while the police arrested Dum, who reportedly already had an extensive criminal record and who was in possession of an unlicensed firearm.
The suspect was questioned at the police station before being referred to a courthouse. He has been sent to prison pending trial, as is procedure in Turkey.
The victim’s father, who has been named as Derya Dalkoparan, said: “I am also complaining about this person’s mother and father. They also knew that he had threatened my daughter before. Indeed, this is how it happened.
“Now I am calling for justice. For how long will women be slaughtered like this? The last time, he lied in ambush in front of our house and shot my daughter.
“He was not a good person. I told his mother and father many times. This unfortunately did not surprise me, I am very sad. Our souls are hurting so badly. I want this murderer executed, he committed a double murder.
“My daughter was pregnant.”
Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey, particularly after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July last year.
According to the 2021 Annual Data Report by the ‘We Will Stop Femicide Platform’, 280 women were killed by men in 2021, while 217 women were found suspiciously dead.
According to data from the ‘Monument Counter’, an online monument established to keep alive the memory of the women who have died from gender violence in Turkey, 48 femicides have taken place since the beginning of 2022.