Gülistan Karabulut and Erol Karabulut, two Turkish citizens and the parents of 3-year-old old Ekrem Karabulut, have been sent to a prison in Balıkesir province over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.
According to Mehmet Ali Aslan, a former pro-Kurdish deputy, Ekrem is left alone in the intensive care unit of Ege University Hospital. The former deputy also said in a tweet on September 3 that the mother, Gülistan Karabulut, is pregnant with a second child.
The couple is being sought over “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and “attempting to destroy the unity of the state and nation.”
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
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.
Ekrem Karabulut, 3 yaşında.
Ege Ün. yoğun bakımda.
Babası ve Annesi gözaltında.
Balıkesirde gözaltındaki Gülistan Anne 7 aylık hamile.
Bebeğin ve 3 yaşındaki Ekremin Annelerine ihtiyacı var
— Mehmet Ali ASLAN (@HemmedAliAslan) September 3, 2018