Inside the Middle East
September 6, 2012
Posted: 1108 GMT

She screamed in the face of all the men in her village "Don't talk behind my back, don't play with my honor."

With the head of her rapist in her hand, Nevin Yildirim, a 26-year-old mother of two, walked to the main square of her village and told everyone about her murder.

"Here is the head of the man who played with my honor." She said after throwing the head in the middle of the square.

After continually raping her for 8 months, Yildirim, who said she is pregnant with the rapist's child, decided to take matters into her own hands and shoot the man twice and cut off his head when he died.

She said, 35-year old Nurettin Gider, threatened her with a gun and said he would kill her children, ages 2 and 6, if she made any noise.

In small villages like hers, honor is held above all else, and women carry the burden of honor for their families.

She was arrested short after the incident and now is asking for an abortion. In Turkey, abortion is only allowed during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

The story went viral on social media and local newspapers. Some called her murder a heroic act after they said laws and society failed her.

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ron   September 7th, 2012 4:02 am ET

How do we know that she is telling the truth? She could be carrying another man's child and blaming this supposed rapist in order to protect her "honor." She could be a psychotic with little grasp of reality. Anyway, he's not alive now to admit or confirm her accusations. It could be a lot worse for the guy; she could have been Lorena Bobbit!

JohnathanA   September 7th, 2012 3:49 pm ET

I think she should be congratulated for showing gumption in the face of evil.
I really hope she gets an abortion to get rid of this Satan's baby.

Peter Tuffley   September 7th, 2012 10:07 pm ET

It's a damnable shame that law and culture left her no other option – in those circumstances she deserves respect as well as sympathy,

Isis   September 8th, 2012 5:53 pm ET

I just want to shake her hand, hug and kiss her, for her stregnth and courage to say no! I've had enough! More women should do this. You have to teach people how to treat you.

Jack Lewis   September 8th, 2012 6:22 pm ET

When was the man convicted of rape to call him a rapist in your title? Or are you just taking the word of a killer with sadistic and psychopathic tendencies (shooting the groin, beheading, marching around with severed head) at a face value?

Ellen Trumpler   September 8th, 2012 8:04 pm ET

This Turkish woman is a very brave soul. We need women like her in the United States, too. Taking bold action and fighting for womens' rights!!

All men would fear for their heads - if they misspoke. Todd Akin, look out!

Susan Roberts   September 10th, 2012 10:05 am ET

This poor woman isa heroine and very, very brave, but all said and done this inocent child of God now created by this rapist, should not have it's own little life extinquished because of this monster's disgusting behaviour against her, who believed that there was no alternative for her but to kill to defend her and her family's honour. 'We are praying that justice will be seen to be done, so that you sister and your family can hold your heads up high and be proud of who you all are. We support you sister for ever. Stay strong' !!!!!!!! :-) XXXXXXXX

chris   September 10th, 2012 12:05 pm ET

She was cheating on her husband. and did not plan to to get pregned.

Bec215   September 10th, 2012 4:11 pm ET

I know this is a blog, and the point is to generate discussion – but this post comes off more like a 'revenge fantasy' story intended to make us feel satisfied that this woman took justice for herself when 'no one' would give it to her.

But it leaves many basic questions unanswered – it doesn't say the Government failed her – which makes me wonder if she even reported it to the police, or tried to get legal intervention...If not, why not? Likely she had good reasons – the police usually are no more enlightened than other villagers – which opens a whole other dimension to the story – but we don't know.

What was the feeling of the men in the village after she did this... Is she simply a 'crazy' woman? Did her act of desperation finally shock a few of them into wondering what happened to drive her to violence? What of other village women – who sadly can be as condemning as men?

This is my frustration too often with blogs...

Nomad   September 12th, 2012 1:22 pm ET

whats the difference between her and any one of the hundreds of thousand rape cases in the US, why does "culture" have anything to do with it?

baris   September 12th, 2012 8:57 pm ET

its immediate fault of turkish culture when some criminal rapes a woman. so what about the american culture, no rapist there? is the US a prime example of justice? this has nothing to do with culture. its a horrible crime. thats all..

Hassan   September 14th, 2012 2:36 pm ET

Please can you remove the foxmulder twitter, the picture is offensive to us MUSLIMS

almost   September 16th, 2012 5:25 am ET

Nevin Yildirim did not do exactly the right thing, but close enough to send a message for other rapists, monsters in making "Turkish ladies can't be hold against their will, if there is no justice for me, I will make a one".!

mbu   September 16th, 2012 8:04 am ET

I think that is what every woman should do if someone tresspasses her honor boundaries.....if law punishes this woman then it will fail twice, one when it could not do anything before muder and second when it will punish the woman for what the law should have done instead of her....
May God make help her and give her good status..

Lily   September 17th, 2012 1:53 am ET

Give the "little lady" a hand ! I'll bet there's no one smart-mouthing HER asking if it was "legitimate rape" !

bert   September 17th, 2012 6:12 am ET


almost   September 17th, 2012 10:39 pm ET

Got to add this as well: Watched the clip when her father spoke.
That was awesome in this regard, he said in Turkish,,,"my child", which translates to : "no matter what she did, she is my child and i'm steadfast in her defence". Which is a huge positive message to all fathers, particularly in Iran. Because every single time, Iranians want to stone ladies to death, they are asking the father of the accused to throw the first stone. And this Turkish father is saying; "NO!, Throw the stones on me, by making sure, she won't get hurt in the process"!.
She needs fair trial.

Saito   September 18th, 2012 3:19 pm ET

Do not believe everything you hear. The victim's wife had said that she has seen them while cheating several times but threatened by her husband for not telling anyone what she has seen. It seems that the pregnancy was something she was not expecting and this is why she killed "rapist". The investigations will show if she is a liar or not.

Jazzy   September 20th, 2012 7:29 am ET

For those who don't believe she's telling the truth, I have a question. Do you have any idea what it means for a woman to openly admit she was raped in turkish or an arab society? She'll be known for the rest of her life as 'the raped one'. Her family could easily renounce her for bringing shame to them. Women carry the burden of honor for their families. Women in those societies usually never report the rape because of this burden. It's very hard for them to get married afterwards. And do you seriously think that a mother with two little children would just go and chop off someone's head knowing she'll spend a lot of time without her children once she commits the murder? I salute her, she is a hero.

Pnm9pnm   September 23rd, 2012 1:55 pm ET

Good for woman's rites.pnm.

Softy   September 26th, 2012 11:06 am ET

Even though anything is possible, I totally agree with Jazzy.

Sofia   September 29th, 2012 7:36 pm ET

Good for her , the a*****e deserved it, shame she didn't torture him first

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