A Turkish woman who has been competing in a national televised song contest is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in the head, according to reports.
Mutlu Kaya, 19, from the conservative region of Diyarbakir in the Kurdish-majority south-east of the country, had reportedly received death threats after appearing on the show.
Kaya was attacked at her home in Ergani district in the early hours of Monday, Dogan news agency reported. The assailant reportedly fired a bullet into the house through a back window to the garden.
The victim had been appearing on Sesi Çok Güzel, a show similar to Britain’s Got Talent. Her mentor is Sibel Can, one of Turkey’s best-known folk-pop singers.
The Posta newspaper reported on Sunday that Kaya had been threatened by relatives after travelling to Istanbul to take part in the contest.
NBC is reporting the theory that she might have been shot by a lover jealous of her success - an entirely plausible idea in a very misogynistic society.