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Opposition to injunctions against violence will cause femicides

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08.11.2019

Family court judge Dursun Genel was among those proposing changes in Turkey’s 6284 law on violence. The Turkish parliament’s Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (KEFEK) invited the judge to share his thoughts with regards the laws on violence and the problems related to their enforcement.

The law’s fifth article, which involves injunctions, is judge Genel’s main objection point. Yet as attested by court records, the judge objects to preventive measures not because he impartially assesses enforcement-related problems, but due to his own personal views.

His explanation for not making an injunction decision was the following: “it would cause a great deal of trouble to families just because thirty women get killed every month.” How many femicides would “suffice” to judge Genel? In October, 36 women were killed by men. In the first 10 months of 2019, 390 femicides occurred. Women of all ages suffered patriarchal murders because preventive and protective measures were not enforced. Both because their access to injunctions was limited and because injunction decisions were not applied effectively.

While these facts are known to all, many families nonetheless object to preventive measures, emphasizing “male comfort”. For instance, the president of the Turkey’s Rights and Equality Institution Süleyman Sayan recently said that violence suspect who is sent away from home has his “honor offended”. In contrast, he has never stated that violence perpetrated........

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