A Turkish family — mother, father and their 2-year-old son — has been in a prison for months over their alleged links to ties to Turkey’s Gülen group, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup in 2016, according to an opposition deputy.
The group denies any involvement in the failed attempt.
“Benazir Oktay, with her kid, is in prison. Her husband is also in prison. The whole family is in prison. Prisons in Turkey are full of families. When rule of law is casted aside, mothers go to prison with their kids,” Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a deputy from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), tweeted on Monday.
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.
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.
Benazir Oktay, çocuğuyla, cezaevinde, eşi de cezaevinde
Yani ailenin tümü cezaevinde…
Türkiye cezaevleri ailelerle dolu, ya hepsi cezaevinde ya da çocuklar, anneler, babalar ayrı illerde
Hukuk rafa kalkınca anneler, çocuklar cezaevine giriyor..! pic.twitter.com/1ijboHLVam
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) January 13, 2020