A death of a young woman who was murdered and dumped in a riverbed in Turkey is prompting a wave of backlash aimed at violence against women in the country.
Ozgecan Aslan, 20, was on an empty minibus on Feb. 11 after shopping with friends when she was attacked by the bus driver. He turned off the usual route and drove into an isolated area, where she fought back against an alleged rape attempt. The psychology student was stabbed and beaten by the bus driver, Suphi Altindoken, 26.
He later confessed that he killed Aslan and mutilated her body. Altindoken, his father, and one other man have been arrested. They are believed to have helped Altindoken burn and then hide Aslan’s body.
The case has led to mass demonstrations, an outpouring of anger on social media and allegations that the ruling Justice and Development Party has not done enough to protect women. Thousands have taken to the streets to protest in cities around Turkey.
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