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Man arrested over murder in the north

Fatih Cıkrıkcı is suspected of stabbing his ex-girlfriend 13 times

A man suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend on Wednesday was arrested by authorities in the north on Friday after he was found in the industrial area of Yerolakkos village.

Authorities were on the look-out for Fatih Cikrikci, who is believed to have brutally stabbed Gulbahar Ulutan 13 times on Wednesday morning at the house in Kioneli where she worked.

The woman started shouting when she was attacked prompting neighbours to come to her rescue. She was found in a pool of blood in the hallway and was rushed to hospital where she died, reports said.

The murder has raised concerns over the rise in serious crime in the north, and especially crime related to violence against women, according to Turkish Cypriot newspapers.

Kibris said it was the second murder of a woman in 2018, with nine victims altogether so far this year. Last year eight people were murdered, the paper said.

In the past 10 years, 58 people have been murdered – 19 women, three children and 36 men.

On Friday, Kibris reported that Ulutan’s funeral, which was held on Thursday, was marked by a striking absence of womens’ organisation reps and MPs.

The president of Turkish Cypriot womens’ organisation KAYAD, Meral Akinci, spoke on Friday against the normalisation of violence against women and the murder of women.

She called on the public to attend a demonstration opposing violence against women on November 25, the day marking the international recognition of the phenomenon.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci added that the problem is a political one, and therefore political solutions must be found so that each individual can recognise their own responsibilities and contribute to informing the rest of society.

“Enough is enough,” Akinci said.

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