Detained as part of an investigation into pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), F.D. was stripped of her headscarf and is not allowed to pray in the holding cell at Istanbul’s Vatan Police Station, a lawyer representing her told ETHA news agency.
“My client F.D. had her husband and 17-year-old son beaten up when police raided her home for detention. They even confiscated toys belonging to her children. F.D. is a religious woman who wear a headscarf. They forced her to take off the headscarf in the holding cell. They do not even let her pray,” lawyer Sinan Zincir said after giving information about situations of his other clients.
Zincir also said people detained as part of the same investigation are subjected to psychological torture. “Insults, continues knocks on the door, forcing people to get up for head counts…Torture is imposed even when detainees drink water,” he added.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Courts arrested 10 deputies from the HDP in November and two others in this month. Turkish courts have also seized the administration of scores of municipalities and jailed dozens of mayors in southeastern Turkey over the past months. Turkey’s Interior Ministry has announced that a total of 924 people have been detained in operations targeting alleged supporters of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since twin bomb blasts in İstanbul on Dec. 10.
Yet, the massive arrests are not limited to pro-Kurdish people with the government already rounded up some 40,000 people accusing them of having ties to the Gülen movement, which the government blames for the July 15 coup attempt.
Both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International stated recently that Turkey’s post-coup detainees are subjected to torture, stress positions and even rape on some occasions.