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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tarkan in The Telegraph

The brutal murder of 20-year-old female student Özgecan Aslan in southern Turkey, who was killed after an alleged attempted rape, has hit international headlines, with Turkish music artist Tarkan's Facebook post making the news on The Telegraph's official website, and its Twitter account.

On the third most visited British newspaper website, Raziye Akkoc's article for The Telegraph writes of condemnation from the United States and Canada over the murder, as Turkish women post selfies wearing black to protest what many believe to be the latest case in the growing problem of violence against women and girls.

In her article, Telegraph correspondent Akkoc writes:

Turkey's most famous singer, Tarkan, offered his condolences and support via Facebook two days after the student was buried. Thousands turned out to say farewell and women defied the local imam to carry the coffin.

Today I also wore black, for Özgecan Aslan, I weep. This country's violence and murder against women hurts me and I am ashamed of my manhood. Violence against women is Turkey's biggest shame and embarrassment and Turkey must get rid of this. I appeal to the authorities to see the violence and not to turn a blind eye. What are you waiting for - more women to be killed?"

Marches have been held across the country to protest the brutal murder, with demonstrators carrying photographs of Aslan and other female victims of violence.

With more demonstrations planned in several provinces, Turkish newspaper Hürriyet's website supported the social media campaign #Özgecaniçinsiyahgiy (Wear Black For Özgecan) hashtag.

The daily invited people to send in their selfies wearing black to raise awareness about the increasing number of murders in which women are victimized. Tarkan sent in his picture to help publicise the campaign.

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