Mother Killed in Front of 10-Year-Old Daughter in Turkish Cafe (Video)

Published August 25th, 2019 - 11:00 GMT
Emine Badegül Bulut pictured with her daughter. She was knifed to death by her ex-husband in a cafe in Kirikkale, Turkey on Sunday . (Daily Mail)
Emine Badegül Bulut pictured with her daughter. She was knifed to death by her ex-husband in a cafe in Kirikkale, Turkey on Sunday . (Daily Mail)
Emine Bulut was reportedly stabbed in the neck by her ex-husband at a cafe.

The murder of a Turkish woman by her ex-husband in front of her daughter sparked outrage in the country today after a video of the attack was published online.

'I don't want to die,' Emine Bulut, covered in blood, is heard screaming to her 10-year-old child. Her tearful daughter says: 'Mum, please don't die.'

The 38-year-old was stabbed to death in a cafe on August 18 by her former husband by Fedai Veran in the central Anatolian city of Kirikkale.

Bulut, who divorced her killer four years ago, later died in hospital. 

Veran told police he killed Bulut with a knife he always carried with him over custody of their child, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.

The mother brought her daughter to the cafe to meet her ex-husband where he attacked her, according to local media. 

Varan previously told a court hearing: 'After she insulted me while talking about the custody of our child, I stabbed her with the knife I brought along.'

Bulut's name was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter and 'I don't want to die' (#olmekistemiyorum) was widely quoted on social media, with users calling for harsher measures to tackle domestic violence.

Officials, including Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, were quick to condemn the murder after the video was published, along with celebrities and football clubs such as Besiktas.

'We expect the murderer to be punished in the most severe manner', tweeted presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

Omer Celik, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, said after a party meeting today that 'we have to shake the earth' to halt violence against women. 

The government said a team of psychologists was caring for the child. 

Turkey has struggled to contain rising violence against women. 

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In the first six months of 2019, 214 women were killed by men, while 440 women were killed last year, according to the women's rights group We Will Stop Femicide.

That was up from 409 women in 2017 and 121 in 2011.

While the government acknowledges the issue of violence against women, critics say not enough is being done to provide shelters and to address the broader problem of gender inequality which permeates through society.

Turkey has ratified the Council of Europe's 2011 Istanbul Convention - the world's first binding instrument to prevent and combat violence against women - but activists say more needs to be done to put the laws into practice.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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