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Rape victim kills attacker to save face

Sept. 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A Turkish woman is awaiting trial for the alleged honor killing of a man she says raped her repeatedly for months and fathered her unborn child.

The woman, Nevin Yildirim, 26, said her attacker, Nurettin Gider, first assaulted her at gunpoint days after her husband left home for seasonal work in another town. Over the next eight months, the woman said she was raped repeatedly in their small southwest Turkey village and became pregnant. The woman said Gider took illicit pictures of her pregnant and threatened to publish them if she disobeyed him.

CNN reported the woman said one day she'd had enough, took her father-in-law's rifle and shot her rapist as he tried to enter her home. The man tried to draw his gun and she shot him again. She then shot his penis and cut off his head.

She carried the decapitated head into town and told a group of men sitting at a coffee shop in the village square, "Don't talk behind my back, don't play with my honor. Here is the head of the man who played with my honor."

The woman said she killed the man so her children wouldn't be scorned, CNN reported.

"Now no one can call my children bastards," she said. "I cleaned my honor. Everyone will call them the children of the woman who cleaned her honor."

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