A Turkish court today gave a life sentence to a man who was convicted of murdering his ex-wife in front of her 10-year old daughter in a high-profile case.
The murder of 38-year-old Emine Bulut in August caused a furore after a video went viral of the moments after she was stabbed.
‘I don’t want to die,’ Bulut, covered in blood, is heard screaming to her 10-year-old child. Her tearful daughter says: ‘Mum, please don’t die.’
Today, her ex-husband Fedai Varan, 43, was found guilty of Bulut’s murder by the court in the central city of Kirikkale.
Emine Badegül Bulut pictured with her daughter. She was knifed to death by her ex-husband in a cafe in Kirikkale, Turkey
Fedai Varan, 43, was found guilty of Bulut’s murder by the court in the central city of Kirikkale and sentenced to life
Bulut, who had divorced Varan four years earlier, was stabbed in a restaurant in Kirikkale. She later died in hospital.
Bulut’s final words have since become a rallying cry against rising femicides in Turkey.
When he was first taken into custody, Varan told police he had killed Bulut but suggested he had been provoked because she ‘insulted’ him.
During the first hearing on October 9, the killer refused to testify, using his right to remain silent.
Horrifying footage shows a Turkish woman (left in both images) screaming ‘I don’t want to die’ after being stabbed by her ex husband. Her daughter pleaded for her to stay alive
Bulut (far left) with her daughter and another relative. In a horrifying video clip posted on social media she can be heard screaming ‘I don’t want to die’
Bulut’s mother, Fadime, had urged the court then to give Varan the ‘harshest sentence’.
Varan again opted not to testify on Monday, claiming that he was not being ‘justly tried’ according to state news agency Anadolu.
There had been fears among women’s rights activists that Varan’s insult claim would mean he would be given a reduction in his sentence but the court rejected such a move.
The number of women killed in Turkey is rising.
The murder of Bulut (right) sparked a wave of outcry and calls on social media and from Turkish politicians to tackle violence against women
According to the women’s rights group We Will Stop Femicide, 354 women were killed in the first nine months of 2019.
The group said 121 women were killed in 2011, while 440 women were killed in 2018.
Although Turkey has ratified the Council of Europe’s 2011 Istanbul Convention on preventing domestic violence, rights defenders criticise the fact that killers or abusers can received reduced sentences for ‘good behaviour’ or if they claim ‘provocation’.