Adana woman who just gave birth to be detained by police in Turkey

A group of police officers have been waiting outside the Avrupa Hospital in the southern province of Adana in order to detain a woman who gave birth to a child earlier in the day, according to a Twitter account named “magduriyetlerTR.”

The “magduriyetlerTR” Twitter account lists the victimization of individuals in the post-coup period in Turkey.

While the details of the incident are still unknown, police raided the hospital to detain Derya Gül, who gave birth to a baby boy on Monday. Gül is facing a detention warrant as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement. This is not the first detention of a woman immediately after delivery.

In June, teacher Esra Demir was detained a day after giving birth in Batman as part of the witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement.

In May, Aysun Aydemir, an English teacher who gave birth to a baby in a Cesarean procedure, was detained at the hospital for links to the Gülen movement and subsequently arrested by a court and put in pretrial detention with a three-day-old baby in Zonguldak province.

In late January, Fadime Günay, who had just given birth, was detained by police at Antalya’s Alanya Başkent Hospital as part of the same witch-hunt.

In early January, Ş.A., a former private school teacher and mother of a week-old premature infant, was taken into police custody over links to the movement while she was on her way to the hospital to feed the baby.

A day after Ş.A. was taken into police custody, another mother known as Meryem gave birth to twins by C-section at a hospital in Konya and was detained by police despite doctors’ reports that she should not travel and was taken to Aksaray from Konya in a police car.

More than 17,000 women in Turkey, many with small children, have been jailed in an unprecedented crackdown and subjected to torture and ill-treatment in detention centers and prisons as part of the government’s systematic campaign of intimidation and persecution of critics and opponents, a report titled Jailing Women In Turkey: Systematic Campaign of Persecution and Fear” released in April by SCF has revealed.

According to recent data released by the Ministry of Justice, more than 2,250 mothers are held in penal institutions, of whom 520 are obliged to raise their 0 to 6-year-old children in prison.

A total of 138,148 people have been dismissed from their jobs, 118,235 detained and 55,927 arrested as part of a government crackdown following the failed coup last summer, a tally by TurkeyPurge.com said. (SCF with turkishminute.com) July 24, 2017

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