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Melek Ipek Biography
Melek Ipek, 31, shot and killed her husband on the night of January 7 when he managed to reach for his rifle, threaten him with it and shoot as he approached.
But Turkish prosecutors said the incident, which took place at the couple’s home in the Dosemealti district of Antalya city in southern Turkey, was not in self-defense.
Melek was repeatedly tortured by her husband during the course of their 12-year marriage and she was threatened with death if she dared to report him to the police, for which she never did.
Melek faces life in prison after Turkish prosecutors refused to believe she shot dead her abusive husband Ramazan Ipek 36, in self-defence
The incident occurred after Ramazan beat and raped his wife while threatening to kill her and their two children, 9 and 7, local media reported.
During her testimony, Melek said that her abusive husband told him: ‘A protection order will not save you, I will testify against you and even if they lock me up, I will kill you and the children when they release me. When I have killed them, I will chop their bodies and feed the dogs so that no one will know they are dead.
On the night of the incident, Ramazan reportedly beat her so viciously that he said he really feared for her and the lives of her children.
He then handcuffed her in a fetal position, raped her and cut her several times with a machete, before exiting her and threatening once again to kill her when he returned, according to local media.
Melek was charged with the deliberate murder of her husband
Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence, according to an indictment signed by prosecutor Haki Celiker.
The prosecutor claimed that the incident was not in self-defense.
Meanwhile, a petition appeared on Change.org calling for Melek to be released and that she be allowed to continue caring for her children.
Currently, 42,000 have signed the petition, which is only 8,000 less than the goal of 50,000 signatures.
Melek Ipek Quick and Facts
Melek Ipek, 31, shot dead her husband Ramazan Ipek, 36, on January 7
She was handcuffed, raped and cut with a machete the night she killed him
Ramazan had threatened to kill her and hers children of hers and feed them to the dogs.