Burçak Serap Topal, a purge-victim social science teacher, has been in prison in Gebze province since August 10 over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement.

According to Journalist Sevinç Özarslan, Topal’s husband has also been in prison since March 2018 over similar charges in Kepsut, a town and district of Balıkesir Province.

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, with most of them pending trial over Gulen links.

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.