Turkish gov’t detains 5-months pregnant woman as police fail to locate her husband

Turkish government has detained a 5-months pregnant Betül Düzenli in Samsun province after police failed to locate her husband as part an investigation in to the alleged members of the Gülen movement, media reported Saturday.

According  to a report by Grihat online news portal, Betül Düzenli, already a mother of three, was detained after a police raid at her home. Police had initially come for Düzenli’s husband, wanted over alleged ties to the Gülen movement. Düzenli’s three children were reportedly left under their 75-year-old grandmother’s care.

It was also reported that Düzenli’s house was also searched by the police 3 months ago. Sine she has pains because of diabetic and pregnancy her family said that she has number of health risks under police custody depends on health problems and pregnancy. The officials reportedly told his family that Düzenli’s testimony will be taken next week.

Following a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016 more than 17,000 women with at least 700 babies were jailed over their alleged links to the Gülen movement. Women are being accused of giving scholarships, arranging sales, depositing money into private lender Bank Asya, sending their children the schools affiliated with the Gülen movement, subscribing to Zaman and Bugün newspapers, using smart phone messaging application ByLock.

Women who come to hospitals for birth control or birth are clear target for the police officers. However, according to the Turkish Penal Code numbered 5275, “the sentence of imprisonment is left behind / postponed of women who are pregnant or have not passed six months since the conception of birth.” Experts say that according to the law, the arrest of pregnant women and those who have infants smaller than 6 months is not possible at all. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) also takes born or unborn child under protection.

Women, who have been jailed in an unprecedented crackdown, have been 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 2017 by SCF has revealed.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. Turkey’s Interior Minister announced on December 12, 2017 that 55,665  people have been arrested. Previously, on December 13, 2017, The Justice Ministry announced that 169,013 people have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

A total of 48,305 people were arrested by courts across Turkey in 2017 over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, said Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Dec. 2, 2018. “The number of detentions is nearly three times higher,” Soylu told a security meeting in İstanbul and claimed that “Even these figures are not enough to reveal the severity of the issue.”

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