Woman killed by partner who shot her 7 times

ISTANBUL: A man has shot his partner seven times on the street in Istanbul, according to witnesses, in the latest femicide in Turkey, which has a disappointing record on violence against women.

The incident took place in the Esenyurt district of the city. Omur Alarcin, a 41-year-old woman, was attacked by an armed man in the Namik Kemal neighborhood, and received seven gunshot wounds to her body. Locals called the police and paramedic teams, however, the woman was already dead when help arrived.

A.C., the man she had been living with, was detained by the police as the prime suspect in the murder based on witness accounts. Alacin’s body was taken to a nearby morgue.

Turkey saw 39 incidents of femicide in the first three months of 2015. The murder of 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan in early February shook the country to its core, resulting in nationwide mourning with protests in cities all over Turkey.

Aslan was brutally murdered on Feb. 11, and her body was found by police on Feb. 13. She was the last passenger on a minibus, whose driver took her to an isolated area and attempted to rape her. Aslan fought back with pepper spray and nail scratches were found on the face of the attacker, Ahmet Suphi Altindoken. Altindoken stabbed her repeatedly and with the help of his father and a friend, cut off the young women’s hands, burned her, and threw her in a river.