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Murder of Turkish woman sparks nationwide protests

The murder of a Turkish woman sparks protests across the nation as government officials consider withdrawing from a convention designed to combat violence against women.
Women hold signs with different numbers symbolizing the women murders during a protest against gender violence in Istanbul, at Kadikoy on September 28, 2019. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

ISTANBUL — Five days after Pinar Gultekin was reported missing, her body was found Tuesday in a forested area in Turkey’s southwestern province of Mugla.

According to news reports, the 27-year-old student was battered and strangled to death by her former partner, Cemal Metin Avci, who has been detained on homicide charges in an ongoing investigation.

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