A 20-year-old model, Gulay Bursali, leapt to her death from her rented holiday apartment in Istanbul, Turkey. Bursali, who was also a university student, was said to have been avoiding getting raped by the estate agent and his friend. She had visited the city with her boyfriend, simply identified as Engin O, to spend the weekend. The pair had gone partying with friends before the horrific incident happened. They had been attacked by the estate agent and his friend when they returned from the party. Engin was beaten and locked in a room while they stripped Bursali of her clothes and tried raping her. She managed to run to the window and threatened to jump if the men did not leave the apartment. Her threats were taken as mere bluffs till she was made good her threat and jumped out of the window.
Eyewitnesses say they had seen her dangling out the window but had thought she was playing around. A man told a TV station that he had heard her threatening the attackers and calling for help. He said he was about calling the police when she let go of the window and fell to her death.
Police have freed her boyfriend, who had been held for questioning after the incident, and her now searching for the estate agent and his friend.