A Turkish woman has sparked a social media movement after she proclaimed she had no regrets about killing her husband, who she accused of being abusive.
Ã‡ilem DoÄŸan, 28, flashed thumbs-up signs to the cameras as she was led into jail after allegedly killing 33-year-old Hasan Karabulut, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
She wore a shirt that read: â€œDear past, thanks for all the lessons. Dear future, I am ready.â€
The mother-of-one told allegedly investigators that she had â€œno regretsâ€ about what she had done, the newspaper reported.
Investigators told the newspaper that DoÄŸan said Karabulut had abused her throughout their marriage, prompting her to file police reports against him.
According to DoÄŸan, Karabulut had told her one morning she needed to pack her bags. When she asked why, he told her he was planning on taking her to the city of Antalya and pimping her out as a prostitute to make money, Soczu reported.
When she protested, he allegedly attacked her.
â€œWhen 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,â€ DoÄŸan told police, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
DoÄŸan said the domestic violence began just 28 days after her wedding and continued through their marriage.
She said her husband once brought her into a forest, beat her, and told her to become a prostitute. She said he then held her prisoner until her mother discovered what was happening and threatened to call the authorities.
When she was released, DoÄŸan said she planned to leave her husband. However, she found out she was pregnant and decided to stay with him.
The pregnancy didnâ€™t stop the beatings, according to DoÄŸan. She said when she was 7-months pregnant, Karabulut ordered her to become a prostitute.
She claimed that he even beat her while she was in the hospital giving birth to their daughter.
DoÄŸan had filed for divorce, but didnâ€™t go through with it after Karabulut allegedly threatened to hurt her family, HaberTurk.com reported.
After she was arrested on July 9, DoÄŸan told investigators she felt she did what she had to do. â€œWill women always die? Let some men die too. I killed him for my honor,â€ she said, according to the newspaper.
She has been charged with murder under heavy duress, according to Millyet.
DoÄŸanâ€™s story soon spread around the web, and women in Turkey and beyond began tweeting in support of domestic violence survivors.