Europe’s human rights court has ruled against Turkey in a key gender-discrimination case, holding that the country was too lenient toward a man who attacked his wife and killed his mother-in-law. The case marks the first time the Court of Human Rights has labeled such a case gender discrimination, a move that gives the court a say in domestic violence cases, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Nahide Opuz’s husband had received a 3-month sentence, later lightened to a fine, for trying to run over her and her mother; he was also fined for stabbing Opuz. He was released after a few years from a life sentence for shooting and killing his mother-in-law. “When it comes to the issue of women's rights, the legal framework is murky," said Opuz’s lawyer. "This trial begins to shed light on that murkiness."