A man has been arrested for murdering his ex-fiancee by shooting her repeatedly in the middle of a street in Turkey in broad daylight.
The suspect has been named as Baris Can Ucuk, 24, and he is alleged to have ambushed his ex-fiancee Raziye Oskay, 25, when she left home this morning (10th January) to go to work in the Huseyin Okan Merzeci neighbourhood, in the district of Toroslar, in the port city of Mersin, in the south-central Turkish province of the same name.
The suspect is alleged to have pulled a gun out and repeatedly shot his ex-fiancee, who collapsed to the ground. An ambulance was called to the scene by eyewitnesses and she was taken to the Mersin University Faculty of Medicine Hospital.
She succumbed to her wounds despite receiving medical assistance.
The suspect, who fled the scene after the shooting, was taken into custody and was later taken to a police station for questioning. It was stated that the suspect was still being questioned at the time of reporting.
After the incident, netizens said that the suspect should be punished with the harshest penalties.
A netizen named ‘Merve Yildirim’ wrote: “You can be killed suddenly while walking down the street. Have these people made a habit of killing? He should be harshly punished immediately.”
Another netizen named ‘Aleda Oztul’ wrote: “We are in a worse situation than in Islamic countries. Things like this are starting to become normal now. This country is like hell for the whole world. Political Islamists f*cked the country.”
It is currently unclear why the suspect allegedly shot the victim to whom he was previously engaged.
Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey in particular after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July last year. According to the 2021 Annual Data Report announced by the ‘We Will Stop Femicide Platform’, 280 women were killed by men in 2021, while 217 women were found suspiciously dead.
According to the data of the ‘Monument Counter’, which is a monument established on the internet to keep alive the memory of the women who died due to violence against women in Turkey and is updated every day, 5 femicides took place in the first 10 days of 2022.