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Turkish women take to Twitter to campaign against sexual violence

Turkish women are taking a campaign against violence to Twitter amidst widespread public outrage at the murder of a 20-year old student, killed whilst resisting a rape attempt.

Dozens of rallies have taken place across the nation in memory of Özgecan Aslan with an #Özgecaniçinsiyahgiy (wear black for Ozgecan) hashtag trending on twitter amidst wider debate on violence directed against women in the country.

According to campaigners incidents are increasing against the backdrop of Islamist government rhetoric with an average of five women killed every day.

President Erdogan himself has stepped into the row directly however, arguing for the ‘heaviest punishment’ to be meted out to Aslan’s attackers and has pledged to follow the case personally.

Three suspects are currently in police custody including one, Ahmet Suphi Altındöken, who has reportedly already confessed to the killing.

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