Protests were held after the violent murder of Ozgecan Aslan across Turkey earlier in 2015
CAIRO – 26 November 2020: Turkey's opposition party leaders have criticized the government for "not doing enough to prevent violence against women."
There has been also harsh criticizm regarding the country's penal code which was ignited after the brutal murder of 20-year-old female university student, Ozgecan Aslan, who was killed and her body burnt after reportedly resisting sexual assault in Turkey’s southern Mersin province Friday.
"It seems that we forgot her death and have been discussing about the penalty. The main issue that we should be discussing is how to stop such incidents," Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the Republican People's Party told a meeting of his party's parliamentary group.
He further added that Turkey has been turned into a semi-open prison, adding that women were not considered important in the country anymore.
He also strongly criticized the government's steps to improve women’s lives such as providing cash incentives to families to have more children.
Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli told his party's parliamentary group meeting that violence against women had increased in the country over the last 10 years.
He also accused the government of giving inferior treatment to women and undermining gender equality.