A man who was sentenced for stabbing his wife but released because of the coronavirus crisis has now been arrested for murdering his nine-year-old daughter.
Muslum Aslan, 33, was sent to prison in 2019 for stabbing his wife Rukiye Aslan in the city of Gaziantep in the province of the same name in south-eastern Turkey.
However, Aslan was reportedly released last week after Turkey’s parliament approved measures to reduce the sentences of nearly one-third of the country’s inmates in a coronavirus amnesty scheme enacted on April 15.
Local media report that after his release he went to his wife’s home in Gaziantep and then tried to abscond with their three children.
The mother and father are said to have begun arguing, with the released prisoner then reportedly beating his nine-year-old daughter Ceylan during the fight.
His wife called police and he fled the scene before being arrested in a park.
Ceylan was taken to a hospital but later died despite the doctor’s best efforts.
Her mother Rukiye, who has reportedly filed for divorce from the suspect, said: “He used violence against my children all the time.
“He hung my elder daughter from her arms to (the) wall, then battered her with a hose.
“Leaving Ceylan in blood on the floor, he left my two sons in front of our house by taxi and ran away.
“My daughter is dead. I want this murder to be punished heavily for what he has done.”
The girl’s death has caused outrage online, with women’s rights campaigners slamming the release of domestic violence offenders.
We Will Stop Femicide, an organisation which campaigns against domestic violence, said: “Take immediate action to protect women and children from the violence that has been unleashed by the amnesty law.”
The organisation said at least 29 women had been killed between March 11, when Turkey reported its first case of COVID-19, and the end of March.
Prisoners were released from Turkey’s prisons to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the overcrowded facilities, according to reports.
It is unclear if the suspect has been charged.