3 transexual women attacked in one week as violence against LGBT+ community increases in Turkey

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3/18/21

The LGBT+ community in Turkey witnessed multiple acts of violence against its members last week with at least three transexual women suffering injuries or death, Deutsche Welle Turkish service (DW) reported. A transwoman, Miras Güneş, was found dead in her apartment on March 12 in western İzmir province. Her face was disfigured beyond recognition, and a preliminary autopsy report revealed she was beaten to death. Five days later a 17-year-old Syrian transexual woman, identified as Asya, was attacked with acid by a man in Istanbul and sustained burns to her face and body. Another transexual woman was sexually assaulted in İstanbul on March 10 by a man who pulled a gun on her. Efruz Kaya, an activist from transgender rights group Pink Life, told DW that the transexual community does not feel safe. “The male-dominated justice system does not care about us. There is no trust in the judicial authorities,” she said. Kaya claimed that police officers had refused to take on the case of Asya, who went to the police after being threatened and beaten. She was attacked with acid three days later. She said attacks on transgender people should not be seen as isolated incidents but as a social problem. “Hate crimes result from a very long history of discrimination. Such attacks are made possible in the first place by a system of inequality,” she added. According to activist and lawyer Levent Pişkin, law enforcement in Turkey promotes homophobia and transphobia. “Far from being objective, vague concepts like morality and honor are used to justify a policy of impunity,” he said emphasizing that courts downplayed hate crimes against transgender persons.

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