In a twist to the concept of honor killing, a father in Turkey killed himself live on Facebook after claiming his family had dishonored him in connection with his daughter’s upcoming marriage, the Daily Mail reported.
Ayhun Uzun, 54, from the city of Kayseri in located in central Turkey, was furious that his daughter had not sought his approval before getting engaged.
In a rant on Facebook Live, he further complained, “’Nobody asked about me. Nobody treated me like a man. My father-in-law took my place and without having a right he approved my daughter’s wedding.
“Nobody said this girl’s father is alive. Though I would have waited for my daughter and family to say to me: ‘Come father, be with us.’”
Instead, he said the family called him and said, “Father come have a treat.”
While family members sent messages on Facebook imploring him not to go through with it, Uzun continued, “Maybe some of you will call this a show. I do not want anybody to go through this thing that I am going through.
“I am livestreaming tonight, and it is my will, I do not want the ones who put me in this position to attend my funeral.”
Uzun then took out a pistol and said his last words: “Goodbye, I am leaving, take good care of yourselves.” He then counted to three and reportedly shot himself.
He could be seen collapsing. Uzun’s family later confirmed that they found him dead after rushing to his house.
Honor culture in Turkey is very widespread. Incidences of honor killings and honor violence have risen significantly since Erdogan’s Islamist government assumed power in 2002.
Turkey is a leading country afflicted by honor killings and is ranked as one of the worst countries in which to be a woman. Forty percent of Turkish women experience some form of physical violence in their live times, a rate much higher than in Europe or the U.S.
Professor Aysel Celikel, head of the Support for Contemporary Living Association, commented:
“Women’s rights are going backward as much as [Islamist] conservatism is increasing in society.”
While trying to gain entry into the European Union, Turkey changed its lenient laws regarding honor killings. However, the net effect of these changes was that such killings began being reported as suicides.
Publicity about a new kind of honor violence emerged in Turkey a number of years ago when shocking statistics were gathered on the number of women were murdered by their husbands while seeking divorce.
An incident that occurred in the summer of 2016 created an outcry in Turkey after a man kicked a woman in the face and threatened to kill her for wearing shorts on a public bus in Istanbul. A court originally released the man without charging him, saying he had committed no crime.
Following his release, the man, who was named as Abdullah Cakiroglu, said, “She was dressed against my traditions. Friends, everything is under control. Everything happened according to Islamic law.”
During his court hearing, Cakirogu reportedly said, “I beat people whose outfits I do not like. The state should punish those who dress like this.”
The woman, who sustained severe bruising, was saved when three men stopped the attacker. The incident was caught on CCTV.
After a public outcry, the attacker was re-arrested on charges of “inciting animosity among society” and faced up to nine years in prison.