Trans woman's brutal death sparks outrage

Published 19.08.2016 00:00

Activists are calling for justice and a swift capture of perpetrators who killed and burned Hande Kader, a trans woman who worked as a sex worker in Istanbul and whose body was found 10 days ago.

Kader was last seen getting into a car with a client in the city's Harbiye district in late July. Her charred body was found in the posh Zekeriyaköy district of Istanbul on Aug. 8. Authorities did not comment on the circumstances of her death but the 22-year-old was believed to be heavily mutilated before her corpse was set on fire, possibly to avoid identification of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

After her story made it into mainstream media outlets, a social media campaign was launched to raise awareness to the death of the young woman. Activists are calling on authorities and the public to pay more attention to the plight of trans sex workers and protest the death like the mass protests in the wake of the murder of another young person, Özgecan Aslan, last year. Aslan, 20, was mutilated and burned in southern Turkey after a rape attempt.

LGBTI activists will stage a demonstration in Istanbul's İstiklal Avenue on Sunday to raise awareness about Kader's death.

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