Seven women were murdered by their partners or ex-partners in one day — yesterday Tuesday — across Turkey, according to private TV network Haber Türk.

“In total, seven women were brutally murdered in Izmir, Bursa, Sakarya, Erzurum, Denizle and Istanbul,” Haber Türk counted.

The cities he listed are in the west—Istanbul, the financial capital, Bursa (Proussa) and Izmir (Izmir), on the Aegean coast—, in the north (Sakaria), and in Anatolia (in the case of Erzurum [Θεοδοσιούπολης]), where the population is considered more conservative.

The alleged perpetrators were “either their partners or ex-partners with whom they had broken up,” the broadcaster said, posting the names and photos of the victims on its website.

The seven women, aged between 32 and 49, were killed with guns or knives.

Three murderers committed suicide; two were arrested; the sixth, wounded during his arrest, surrendered.

The fate of the seventh, who escaped from prison to murder his wife, remains unclear at this stage.

In 2023, the platform for the defense of women’s rights, the collective “We will stop feminicides” (“We will stop feminicides”, in English), counted 315 murders of women – 65% were murdered inside their homes – and another 248 “suspects” deaths, labeled “suicides” by authorities but attributed to third parties by feminist groups, highlighting a suspicious increase in the deaths of women who fell from high-rise apartments.

The country withdrew in 2021 from the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, or the Istanbul Convention for short, which requires authorities to thoroughly investigate and punish perpetrators of violent attacks with female victims.

NGOs emphasize that “in fifteen years, the only year in which the number of femicides decreased was 2011, the year the Istanbul Convention was adopted.”

A prosecution brought in 2022 against the platform We will stop feminicides by an Istanbul prosecutor, who said he was determined to outlaw the collective’s “immoral activities,” was finally abandoned in September.