The body of a trans woman named Miraş Güneş who had been missing since Feb. 18 was found wrapped in a blanket inside a couch in Aegean İzmir on March 11, just days after a trans woman suffered an acid attack in a hate crime in Istanbul.
Güneş's friends reported her missing on March 1, some 10 days before the body of the 36-year-old was discovered.
18 Şubat’tan beri haber alınamayan Miraş Güneş, evinde öldürülmüş halde bulundu.— Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu (@KadinCinayeti) March 12, 2021
İstanbul Sözleşmesi’nin gereği olan etkin soruşturma yürütülerek fail derhal bulunsun. Kadın ve LGBTİQ+ cinayetlerinde faillerin cezasız kalmasına izin vermeyeceğiz! pic.twitter.com/938Nv13A0F
The discovery of Güneş's body marked the second hate crime against a trans woman this week, as a Syrian refugee was attacked with acid in Istanbul on March 9.
Crimes against women in Turkey are unfortunately extremely common, as the government has shown its reluctance to combat the epidemic through the courts, which are often slow to prosecute assailants, if at all.
Coincidentally, the assailant who attacked the Syrian woman with acid was released within 48 hours of being taken into custody.