Three men have been arrested after a young female talent-show singer was shot in the head in southeast Turkey, media reports say.

Mutlu Kaya, a 19-year-old Kurd, remains in a critical condition in hospital after Monday's shooting.

Kaya gained national prominence in Turkey in a popular song contest Sesi Cok Guzel and had been mentored by Sibel Can, a well-known Turkish folk singer.

Turkish press reports said Kaya had previously received death threats after performing in the contest.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said an assailant shot Kaya through a window of her house early on Monday.

The three men later arrested by police included her 26-year-old boyfriend, the Dogan news agency reported.

The man has denied the accusation against him, while admitting to being "opposed to Mutlu Kaya's participation on the show", the agency reported.

Violence against women has shaken Turkey in recent months.

The murder of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old university student, after an attempted rape in February led to protests by tens of thousands of people in several provinces.

Some criticised the government for its "insufficient response" and called on the government to reintroduce the death penalty for the men charged over the murder.

Source: Agencies