Turkish President defines violence against women 'betrayal' to humanity.
Erdogan addressed a large crowd of women during an event held for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and defined violence against women as "betrayal to humanity”.
"Whoever is involved in this betrayal must be punished," he said.
Erdogan underlined the significance of women in society and said: “If there are no women, then half of the society is not there... A society without women is destined to disappear."
"As the AK Party [Justice and Development Party] we have made significant reforms to lift barriers for women. One of the most important is the law to Protect Family and Prevent Violence Against Women," he added.
He said the Family and Social Policies Ministry had dealt with 20,000 cases of violence against women.
Erdogan responded to an allegation by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu that he has money stashed abroad.
"If you cannot prove it, then you must leave politics. If you can prove it then I will leave both politics and my Presidency," he said.
He also condemned the opposition leader’s controversial remark that if a man is unemployed, cannot bring money home, and there is no food to eat, he will take his frustration out on his wife.
"What kind of a distorted mentality is this? What kind of a corrupt perception is this? This is not only a betrayal to humanity but in fact a mentality that legitimizes violence against women," Erdogan said.