Zeybegül Yılmaz, a Turkish woman and a mother of 5-year old autistic child, has been detained by police in İzmir over alleged link to the Gulen group, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt.
The group denies any involvement.
According the Bold news portal, the woman’s husband has also been behind bars since October 2016 over similar charges.
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.