Student’s Killing Turns Spotlight in Turkey on Violence Against Women

ISTANBUL—The gruesome killing of a young woman is sending shock waves through Turkey, sparking an unprecedented wave of demonstrations against violence toward women and spotlighting the divide between secular and religious-minded voters.

The mutilated body of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student from the southern city of Mersin, was discovered Friday, two days after she was last seen catching a minibus home from her university.

The driver, Suphi Altindoken, confessed to stabbing her, cutting off her fingers and burning her remains after she resisted his attempts to rape her, according to local media reports.