Hürriyet: The woman who killed her rapist: I don’t want his baby
August 30 (Doğan News Agency)
Isparta – Nevin Yildirim was raped at gunpoint and left pregnant by N.G. and subsequently killed him with a hunting rifle, decapitated him and threw his head in the village square. In a statement in court, she said, “Nobody will be able to say anything to my children. Everybody will say ‘They are the children of a woman who cleaned her honor’.” Stating that she didn’t want to give birth to the five month old baby in her belly, Nevin said, “Come what may, an abortion should be done. I am ready to die.”
Nevin, a 26 year old mother of two, was raped at gunpoint and left pregnant by N.G., a 35 year old father of two. Last Tuesday at 10 PM, she killed him with a hunting rifle, and then decapitated him with a knife and put his head in a sack. Shouting, “This is the head of the man who played with my honor,” she threw the head into the village square. Afterwards, she was taken into custody by the gendarmerie and was referred to the court system yesterday.
Silent in custody, spoke in court
Using her right to remain silent while in the custody of the gendarmerie, Nevin explained in her statement to the court that her husband works in Antalya, which is why she remained in the village with their children, ages two and six. She said that five months ago, N.G. came to their house one night and raped her at gunpoint. Taking naked pictures of her, N.G. continued to rape her using threats and blackmail. Nevin explained that N.G. raped her repeatedly, and because she was afraid she couldn’t explain what was happening to anybody.
He came to rape me
Nevin explained that N.G. wanted an abortion to be done when he learned that she was pregnant, but she emphasized that because the pregnancy was 3.5 months along an abortion couldn’t be done. She explained that because of gossip in the village she lived through difficult days. “On the night of that incident, N.G. came to my house to rape me again. We argued, and when he pointed a gun at me, I took the hunting rifle off the wall and fired. I don’t know how many times I fired. Then I lost myself.”
‘They will say that they are the children of a woman who cleaned her honor’
In her statement, Nevin explained that she didn’t remember how she decapitated N.G. or where she got the knife. “How many times I shot N.G., how I killed him, I don’t remember that. He was continuously threatening me. He was telling me that he was going to explain to everybody in the village what he did to me. My girl is going to start school this year. Because of the gossip, everybody was going to insult my children. But nobody will be able to insult my children now. I cleaned my honor. Everybody will say ‘they are the children of a woman who cleaned her honor.’”
Explaining that she didn’t want to give birth to the five month baby in her belly, Nevin said, “Come what may, an abortion should be done. I am ready to die.”
By Havva Nur Arkan
Translated by Allan MacLeod