This Woman Is Being Praised For Reportedly Killing Her Abusive Husband

by Sean Levinson

A Turkish woman has become an international hero for allegedly murdering her abusive husband.

The Hurriyet Daily News reports Çilem Doğan, 28, lived in Adana, Turkey with 33-year-old Hasan Karabulut and the daughter they shared.

Doğan told police earlier this month Karabulut came home and told her to pack her bags because they would be moving to a new city where she would work as a prostitute.

She continued,

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.

Karabulut was found dead in the home on July 8 after being shot six times.

Doğan admitted to the crime the next day and has supposedly been charged with murder under heavy duress.

She reportedly told police,

Will women always die? Let some men die too. I killed him for my honor.

According to BuzzFeed, Doğan said Karabulut began abusing her just weeks after they married and had attempted to force her into prostitution several times.

He repeatedly became violent, and at one point he held her prisoner, but Doğan stayed with Karabulut after becoming pregnant.

She said he beat her throughout the pregnancy as well as when she was having their daughter in the hospital.

Karabulut told Doğan he would harm her family when she filed for divorce, so the effort was abandoned.


Doğan since earned widespread praise on social media, where the general consensus seems to be the murder was justified.

“Will women always die? Let some men die too #CilemDoğan — Paola Medina (@p4olit4) July 13, 2015
You go girl. #CilemDoğan — BAASOVEREIGENDOOS (@carmen4u1) July 13, 2015
Not that I condone murder, but this woman stood up for herself. My new hero #CilemDoğan @lalodagach — El Jefe (@CaptBuzzkill3) July 12, 2015

Many are campaigning for Doğan to go free:

I hope justice for #CilemDoğan #selfdefense — Diane van Groesen (@diaantje59) July 13, 2015
He was going to force her into prostitution. Freedom for #CilemDoğan. She defended herself against atrocity. @ArtOfDissent — ♀ Sister Trinity ♀ (@SisterTrinity) July 12, 2015
I'm fucking proud #CilemDoğan ! Seni destekliyoruz, Belcika arkanda! Gurur duyuyorum! #CilemDoğanaOEzguerluek #freedom #proud #feminism — Derya Tasdemir (@EatLiesNsmiles) July 13, 2015

She is even being hailed as a symbol for feminism:

I'm fucking proud #CilemDoğan ! Seni destekliyoruz, Belcika arkanda! Gurur duyuyorum! #CilemDoğanaOEzguerluek #freedom #proud #feminism — Derya Tasdemir (@EatLiesNsmiles) July 13, 2015

BuzzFeed cites a report from Al Jazeera saying roughly 40 percent of women are victims of abuse in the conservative, predominantly Muslim nation.

Citations: Turkish woman who killed husband has no regret (The Hurriyet Daily News ), This Woman Has Become A Social Media Icon After Allegedly Killing Her Abusive Husband (BuzzFeed)