A MOTHER has shared images of the horrific burns she received when her husband allegedly tortured her with a hot knife in front of the their two children.
Eda Akin, 23, said she was attacked by Mert Akin, 28, at their home in the district of Sancaktepe in Istanbul, Turkey on the night of October 2.
Images of Eda's injuries sparked outrage after being shared widely on social media.
Describing the incident, Eda, now being cared for at a specialist burns center, said: “First, he began to slap and punch me.
"He was blinded by anger… and then he took the violence to a whole other level.
“He grabbed a bread knife, heated it on the stove, and tortured me with it by pressing it all over my body.
“He did it all night, at one point I passed out from the pain.
“I left the house the next morning and I took my children to my mum’s."
Eda also said that the alleged assault took place in front of her two children.
Speaking to local media, a friend who accompanied her to the hospital said she was in a "bad condition".
"She has very serious and deep wounds. We have a two-week process," she said.
"If she responds, she will be discharged in a short time. If she does not respond to treatment, there is a risk of surgery."
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Hundreds of users took to social media to express anger over the incident using the hashtag #MertAkınTutuklansın (#ArrestMertAkın).
One user described the pictures of Eda as "heartbreaking", adding: "We need justice, we need this a****le to get arrested."
Another wrote: "How do you [commit such] violence?"
A third said: "On behalf of all women victims of violence, #ArrestMertAkın."
Local media reports that Mert has now been arrested following a police hunt.
He has been charged with "deliberate injury" and "torture against a spouse", but reportedly denies the assault.
He reportedly claims he left the home following a brief physical confrontation with his wife, and returned four to five hours later to find her with the injuries.
"I absolutely do not accept the accusation made against me. I certainly did not injure or threaten my wife with a knife," he said.
"I don't know who made my wife like this."
An investigation is now reportedly underway.
The Sun Online has attempted to contact police in Turkey for comment.
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