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April 17, 2010 Print

Baby killed for 'honor' buried in concrete in Turkey

Baby killed for honor buried in concrete in Turkey

Friday, April 16, 2010

ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires

A 2-day-old baby was allegedly drowned by her grandmother in the western province of Tekirdağ because she was the child of an out-of-wedlock affair, the Doğan news agency reported Friday.

İzzet Sapil, a 25-year-old resident of the Çorlu district of Tekirdağ, reportedly became pregnant before her boyfriend went away for military service. Sapil managed to hide her pregnancy from her family, but then told them about it when she started to have labor pains.

Sapil's family reportedly took her to a doctor's private clinic, where she delivered her baby April 14 without any official record made of the birth.

Family members then allegedly gathered together and decided to kill the baby to clear their honor. After the alleged drowning, the infant's body was buried in the garden of the house and concrete was poured over it.

The alleged event was brought to light in an unidentified notice sent to the police, who detained İzzet Sapil; her mother, Türkan Sapil; her three brothers and the doctor. The brothers are accused of having buried the infant, whose body has been removed from the garden and sent to a forensic institution in Istanbul for examination.


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