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‘Imagine a father killing his daughter without blinking’, Turkish girl predicts her death

20-year-old student Merve Konukoglu was shot dead by her father in Turkey on 16 June 2020
20-year-old student Merve Konukoglu was shot dead by her father in Turkey on 16 June 2020

A father in Turkey shot dead his 20-year-old daughter apparently because she refused to speak to him after he divorced her mother, and then turned the gun on himself.

Student Merve Konukoglu was shot dead by her father in Turkey’s eastern province of Elazig on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old had chosen to live in Diyarbakir with her mother after her parents’ divorce, and on Tuesday was reportedly travelling to Elazig for university exams which were to be held on 27-28 June.

Her father, Mikail, followed her and brutally killed her over claims that she didn’t want to speak with him after the divorce. Mikail then shot himself with the same gun he used to murder his daughter. He died today in Elazig Hospital.

A Twitter post Merve published in February has since caught people’s attention. Written in remembrance of Seyma Yildiz, who was killed by her father, Merve posted : ”Imagine a father killing his daughter without blinking.” Many believe Merve knew her own life was under threat.

At least 21 women were murdered in Turkey in May 2020, according to the latest monthly report by Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracagız Platform (We Will Stop Femicide Platform), a women’s rights organisation that monitors violence against women in Turkey.

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