"Domestic Violence is not a family matter" reads a municipal public service ad in Canakkale, Turkey.
Despite what the politically correct cultists claim, all cultures are not equal and cultures that do not respect women do not deserve to be respected. But that is not what is happening.
Europe seems to be adopting the approach of Islamic sharia law to rape and rape victims.
PJ Media reported on April 21:
A German judge has acquitted a Turkish man of rape, despite the fact that he forced a woman to have sex with him, and left her incapacitated. The judge argued that in "the mentality of the Turkish cultural circle," what the woman "had experienced as rape" might be considered merely "wild sex." The judge refused to convict the rapist, because "no intention is demonstrable"... the German paper Märkische Allgemeine reported that the Turkish man badly injured the girl, summarizing:
"In other words, the judge acquitted a rapist — whom the court had 'no doubt' forced the victim to have sex with him — on the grounds that his culture might not have considered the sex... to be rape."
Sadly, European "tolerance" of Islamic crimes and criminals is now widespread and is destroying the lives of children, women and their families.
Let's now look deeper into the dominant culture in Turkey that the German judge chose to take into account while making the ruling that protects the rapist and further victimizes the victim.
A Turkish women's rights organization called "We Will Stop the Murders of Women" publishes monthly reports concerning the murders and sexual attacks against girls and women in Turkey.
According to their statistics, in March of this year alone, 35 women were reported killed in Turkey, 14 were exposed to sexual violence and 63 children were sexually abused. "Some of these children have been sexually abused for years and some attempt suicide in despair," the report stated.
The 2015 film Dying to Divorce examines the cases of Turkish women murdered by their husbands after asking for a divorce.
"In this age, when attacks against the lifestyles of women and sexual violence are on the rise, and there is no safety, women are exposed to sexual abuse and rapes everywhere," they added.
The reported numbers are that 54% of the dead women were murdered because they wanted to make their own decisions about their lives, such as wanting a divorce. Sixty-three percent were murdered by their husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers, or sons, and 26 % were "suspicious murders."
"The suspicious killings of women are becoming widespread," according to the report. "The fact that there are murders by 'unknown assailants' and that the perpetrators cannot be found or wrong people are caught as perpetrators are indicators of the danger we face in the murders of women."
Torturing women to death through various methods is also increasing and becoming widespread. "Many women were killed with firearms or sharp objects and two of them were killed by hanging," the report added.
In some cases, the children of the women were also murdered. "Children who were murdered varied in age, from a newborn up to 12 years old," the report noted. For example, "Gökhan Y. in the city of Hatay murdered his ex-wife, Esra Yalçın, and their five-year-old daughter, Beren, by slitting their throats."
In Turkey, too, some judges and police shrug off crimes against girls and women.
In March 2013, for example, a girl in the Turkish city of Eskisehir filed a criminal complaint against her cousin, whom she said had repeatedly raped and threatened her since she was 13. The trial lasted almost a year. The newspaper Milliyet reported in December 2014 that there were medical reports about the psychological trauma the complainant endured due to the rapes, the threatening messages the defendant sent her and the witness statements against the defendant. But the judge acquitted the defendant.
If all those vile crimes had been committed by a Turk, or, for that matter, by any other Muslim criminal, in Germany or another European country, would the judges tolerate them as well? Once the answer would be a clear negative.
It is true that women are violated or murdered in several parts of the world. But in Islamic countries, attacks against women are extremely widespread. Women in Islamic societies are murdered, raped, sexually enslaved, and in countries governed by sharia law, they are pelted to death with stones for "sexual immorality" in the most brutal fashion. What makes the Muslim world different from the rest of the planet is that these crimes against women are warmly and broadly tolerated in Islamic societies.
Sadly, these attacks, as well as other types of brutal treatment of women, are sanctioned by Islamic scriptures. In many areas such as rape, marriage, divorce, inheritance and court testimony, Islam teaches that a woman is worth less than a man. The Koran, for example, allows a man to beat his wives.
What kind of message is conveyed by acquitting Muslim rapists according to 'cultural differences'?
What kind of a message do the judges in Europe who acquit Muslim rapists convey by referring to "cultural differences?" These court rulings are an open call to all men in Europe with a Muslim background to rape anyone they like – children, women, men. Apparently, many judges are on the side of the rapists and will not hold them accountable. Their rulings produce more crime and more victims and less security and less justice.
If Muslims decide to move to a non-Muslim country, they must respect the citizens and laws of that country. Bringing the primitive aspects of one's culture to one's host country must never be encouraged or tolerated. Despite what the politically correct cultists claim, all cultures are not equal and cultures that do not respect women do not deserve to be respected.
According to Islamic law, rape victims are often punished by Islamic courts as adulterers. According to sharia, rape can only be proven if the rapist confesses or if there are four male witnesses. Otherwise, rapists are never punished. Women who allege rape without providing four men as witnesses actually have confessed that relations occurred. If they or the accused happens to be married, then it is adultery. And adultery is punishable by death.
Do the judges who "forgive" Muslim rapists in Europe work for sharia courts or for secular European courts? What is the next step of this injustice? To imprison rape victims or even sentence them to death?
Uzay Bulut, a Turkish journalist and political analyst, is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.