Selma Betül Urunga, a 2-year-old kid, was sent to Mersin prison yesterday night where her mother has been held for over a week over her alleged links to Turkey’s Gulen group, which the Turkish gov’t accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.
Betül’s mother, Fatma Urunga, was sent to prison in Mersin province after her nine-year prison sentence was upheld by the Mersin Regional Court of Justice last week. Her father, Ersin Uranga, has been held in the very same prison for over sixteen months and recently given a prison sentence of ten years and five months on coup and terror charges.
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a pro-Kurdish HDP deputy and a human rights activist, tweeted that Betül entered the Mersin prison late on Wednesday.
The Urunga family has two more kids aged 8, 6. They now live with their grandparents, according to Gergerlioğlu.
Turkish government survived a coup attempt in 2016 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. the AK Party officials along with Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group and launched a widespread war on its alleged and real followers.
The group denies any involvement.
There are more than 17,000 women and over 500 kids in Turkish prisons.
In several cases, women were detained in the hospital immediately after the delivery of her baby and before they had a chance to recover. Many women were jailed as they were visiting their imprisoned husbands, leaving the children stranded in the ensuing chaos.