Turkey Loses Milestone Gender Case
Domestic violence ruling marks women's rights breakthrough
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 10, 2009 8:02 AM CDT
Women in front of their houses outside the historical walls, right, surrounding old city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, where Nahide Opuz was living.   (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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(Newser) – 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."