21-year-old university student Tuğçe Ölçer died after jumping off a balcony as she was depressed in the face of her father’s imprisonment, according to media.
A fourth-grade at the Istanbul-based Bogazici University’s Faculty of Education, Ölçer jumped to her death from her family house’s balcony in Buca, Izmir on Saturday.
Local media reported that Ölçer suffered a psychological trauma after his father, identified with his initials M.A.Ö., was arrested and that she was in a bad mood for some time.
M.A.Ö., a former teacher who also served as the Director of National Education in İzmir’s Tire district, was dismissed from his job over his alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
The father has been under arrest, since Sept 9, 2016, on accusation of membership to a terrorist organization as the government describes the movement as terrorist. More than 120,000 people including teachers, state workers, academics, judges, prosecutors, judges, businessmen, lawyers and many others from different backgrounds have been detained over alleged or real links to the movement since last summer.
The movement denies both involvement in the coup attempt and the terror accusations.
A total of 35 people who or whose relatives have been affected by the post-coup purge, either by losing their jobs or by being arrested, due to their alleged links to the movement, have committed suicide, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said in a report in late April, this year.