A 16-year-old with autism has repeatedly been denied disability pension by the Turkish authorities due to her father’s dismissal from his job with a gov’t decree issued after the coup attempt in July 2016, the Bold news reported.
According to the report, Rüveyda Tekgöz’s father, Mehmet Ali Tekgöz, was fired as a teacher following the failed coup attempt. The purge victim man has been working as a stallholder to support his family. Following the dismissal of his father, authorities also cut off Rüveyda’s disability benefits and have so far refused to reinstate her rights.
The decision was reportedly made as Mr. Tokgöz was categorized as “a risky person” due to his dismissal from his job over alleged Gülen links.
Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of a failed coup on July 15, 2016 that remained in effect until July 19, 2018.
During the state of emergency, the AKP issued a number of government decrees, known as KHKs, through which thousands of academics, politicians, teachers, doctors, officials, businessmen, artists and journalists were purged due to their real or alleged connections to the Gülen group, which is accused by the government of being behind the failed coup.
The group strongly denies any involvement.