A Turkish woman has sparked a social media movement after she proclaimed she had no regrets about killing her husband, whom she accused of being abusive.
Çilem Doğan, 28, flashed thumbs-up signs to the cameras as she was led into jail after allegedly killing 33-year-old Hasan Karabulut, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The mother of one told allegedly investigators that she had “no regrets” about what she had done, the newspaper reported.
Investigators told the newspaper that Doğan said Karabulut had abused her throughout their marriage, prompting her to file police reports against him.
According to Doğan, Karabulut had told her one morning she needed to pack her bags. When she asked why, he told her he was planning on taking her to the city of Antalya and pimping her out as a prostitute to make money, Soczu reported.
When she protested, he allegedly attacked her.
"When I opposed, he beat me. He pushed me on the bed and the pistol under the pillow came into my mind. I grabbed it and shot him repeatedly. Then I took my daughter and left the home," Doğan told police, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
The incident marked the end of a long pattern of abuse, Doğan claimed, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
After she was arrested on July 9, Doğan told investigators she felt she did what she had to do. "Will women always die? Let some men die too. I killed him for my honor,” she said, according to the newspaper.
Doğan's story soon spread around the web, and women in Turkey and beyond began tweeting in support of domestic violence survivors.
Many tweeted that Doğan had the right to defend herself if her husband had been abusing her, as she claimed.
Others wrote she was "not alone."
"Çilem Doğan is our pride," this user wrote.
Turkey has made headlines over numerous incidents of violence against women in the country. Al Jazeera said last year that Turkey is "one of the world's worst countries to be a woman."
According to statistics cited by Al Jazeera, approximately 40% of women in Turkey have been abused.
In 2013, authorities estimated 28,000 women were abused in the country and more than 200 were killed. Most of the murdered women died at the hands of a male romantic partner.
"Men turn to violence in order to establish their domination or when they feel it is threatened. Murder is one of the most horrific consequences of this violence," a spokesperson with Mor Cati, a rights group, told Al Jazeera.
More than 100 women have been killed by men in Turkey in 2015 alone, Hurriyet Daily News reported. Most of them died at the hands of a relative.
BuzzFeed staffer Alp Ozcelik assisted with this report.
Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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