Turkey, murder of Pınar Gültekin

Brutal murder of a woman shocks Turkey

The lifeless body of Pınar Gültekin, disappeared after she was seen with her ex-partner, was found in a forest. Her killer strangled her, and then burned her body in a forest.

The brutal murder of a woman has shocked Turkey. The lifeless body of Pınar Gültekin, a young university student who had been missing for several days, has been found in a wooded area of ​​Muğla province -on the west coast of the country- after her murderer tried to eliminate the body.

Members of the Turkish police and gendarmerie found the body in a forest outside the town of Yerkesik, where search efforts had been focused after the girl’s disappearance last week. The evidence reveals the brutality of the crime: after being strangled to death, Gültekin’s body was placed in a drum that was later burned and then concrete was poured, according to information published in the Turkish press.

The young woman had disappeared after being seen with her ex-partner, Cemal Metin Avcı, who runs a bar in the tourist town of Akyaka; based on testimonies and images from security cameras, the police concluded that the young woman was seated with an individual in an local restaurant, and later left with him. That individual, who was the last person the victim was seen with, turned out to be her ex-boyfriend, Avcı.

After being detained by the Turkish gendarmerie, Avcı confessed the crime during interrogation, admitting that he had killed the young woman by strangling her. According to his testimony, both went to a vineyard in the area where, after an argument, he beat and killed the young woman. The confessed murderer also admitted to taking Gültekin’s already lifeless body to the forest where it was found, where he burned the body in a drum.

As the details of this brutal murder have been revealed, a wave of social outrage has been unleashed in Turkey, where so far this year 98 women have been murdered in cases of gender-based violence. Many women asked themselves through social media such as Twitter what drives some men to kill women. “She was a daughter. She was a human being. But your dirty mind says ‘what she was wearing provoked me’,” wrote one user.