Arzu Nur Özkan, a 6-month pregnant woman, who has been behind bars for over four months due to alleged links to the Gülen group, desperately calls for justice to be served in her case in a letter sent from prison, Turkish journalist Sevinç Özaslan reported.
Özkan, who used to work as a teacher at a Gülen-linked private college Kayseri province, is one of the tens of thousands of people who have been sent to jail due to alleged Gülen links since the failed coup attempt.
In a letter she sent from the Kayseri State Prison, Özkan talks about her ordeal since her detention early in May 2021, and subsequent arrest. The purge-victim woman was given a jail sentence of 10 years on charges of membership in a terrorist organization.
In the letter, she says she has regularly been denied access to medical care in prison and thus suffers from a set of significant maternal health problems due to her pregnancy.
“When I was jailed, I was placed in a prison where rats and cockroaches were rife. I could not eat properly for months. My prison cell was cold all the time. Severe overcrowding is also a big problem. 16 prisoners live in wards meant for eight,” Özkan said.
5- Böcekler ve farelerle 1 ay cezaevinde kaldım. Cezaevinde hiç yemek yiyemedim. 2 defa düşük riski yaşadım. Bununla ilgili iğne vuruldum. Tutuklanmadan önce ilk 1 ay düşük riskinden dolayı ilaç kullanmıştım. Zaten sıkıntılı bir gebeliğim vardı. Tutuklanınca çok sıkıntıya girdim.
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) August 12, 2021