A Turkish teen was sent to the hospital after being shot in the head just for following her ambition to sing in her country’s version of “The Voice” TV show.
Nineteen-year-old Mutlu Kaya was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot by someone who snuck into her backyard and shot her through a window while she was rehearsing.
The teen had reportedly been mentored by Sibel Can, a Turkish female folk singing star, and the family said that Can was helping with Kaya’s treatment.
Kaya is from the Ergani district of Diyarbakir province, reportedly an ultraconservative Islamic part of town.
Four people have reportedly been arrested, including the teen’s former boyfriend.
What makes Kaya’s story particularly compelling is that she saw something like this coming.
According to police and others, she had received death threats when it became known that she was entering the singing competition in Istanbul.
Kaya continued to participate and practice singing anyway.
It reminds me of the recent terrorist attack on the cartoon conference in Garland, Texas, and the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris.
The compulsion some evil people have to try to shut down anyone who goes against their way of thinking is one of the most tragic themes of our times.
And it’s not just Islamic maniacs who are the problem. Even in our supposedly open, modern America, this same attitude is reflected by people, even government officials, who want to silence voices that dare to dissent, whether it be against pernicious political views, rabid religious hatred or staid traditions that would keep women as lowly servants.
People like Kaya deserve admiration for fighting against the forces that would silence their voice. Here’s hoping she can recover.