Arzu Nur Özkan, a 6-month pregnant woman, is in the 4th month of her imprisonment over alleged links to Turkey’s Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement in the failed attempt.

Özkan was placed in pre-trial detention early in May 2021.

According to a report by journalist Sevinç Özarslan, Özkan is regularly denied access to medical care in prison and thus suffers from a set of significant maternal health problems due to her pregnancy.

“I suffer from shortness of breath every night. I can’t breathe. My veins swell up. The doctor mockingly says it is psychological,” Özkan reportedly says from prison.

Turkish government survived the attempt that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others, however; AK Party officials along with Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group and launched a widespread war on its alleged and real followers.

There are more than 17,000 women and over 500 kids in Turkish prisons, with most of them pending trial over Gulen links.

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.