Erdogan divides Turkish women with approach to tackling violence

April 20, 2015 11:43 AM

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Erdogan divides Turkish women with approach to tackling violence

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - When 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan was stabbed and beaten to death after trying to fight off a man bent on raping her on a minibus, Turkey's president called violence against women the country's "bleeding wound".

But two months after her murder, groups that have campaigned for years on women's rights complain that President Tayyip Erdogan is still sidelining them, preferring to work with newer organizations including one in which his daughter has a prominent role.

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