Bahçeli’s criticisms of violence against women and murders are on the agenda of the opposition

MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli, who said that violence against women is now “automatic” and that “life will be a prison without resolving the problem of violence against women, regardless of the reason”, received a call from the opposition. CHP Ankara Deputy Gamze Taşcıer said, “Let’s bring the proposals that will enable women to participate more in social and economic life and see if they are sincere in their proposals.”


Bahçeli had said that they were “ready to take responsibility for solving the problems of women” at the “Mothers and Sisters’ Congress” held in Ankara by his party the previous day. Explaining in his speech that “527 women were murdered in 2020”, Bahçeli underlined that “violence against women is also automatic”. However, the data announced by Bahçeli contradicted the data announced by the Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu on his social media account at the beginning of 2021. Soylu claimed that “there was a 21 percent decrease in femicides in 2020” and stated that “266 women lost their lives in 2020 in femicides within the scope of Law No. 6284”. Associations struggling with femicide underlined that the numbers were low.


CHP’s Taşcıer pointed out that “the data announced by Bahçeli contradicts the data announced by Soylu” and said, “They also know that the data of the government is not correct and they used the data of women’s associations”. Stating that Bahçeli’s criticisms of the murders and violence are correct, Taşcıer said, “The findings are correct, but it is necessary to look at who is responsible. The person responsible for this situation should be aware that the AK Party government’s view of women and discourses that do not see women and men as equal.” Taşcıer said: “He did not have a negative word when exiting a golden contract like the Istanbul Convention. Therefore, in a sense, he took responsibility for the murders that took place. If it is aware of the problem, then it should stop supporting the government that cannot protect women’s right to life.”

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by

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