Elif Yeniceli, a Turkish woman who gave birth to a baby on Friday at a private hospital in Uşak province, was detained by police later the same day as part of an investigation into Turkey’s Gülen group.
According to the HDP deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, confirmed that the woman was detanied after the delivery, adding that she was released in several hours by a prosecutor on pending trial.
This is not the first detention of a woman immediately after delivery. Turkish officials have systematically been detaining women on coup charges either when they are pregnant or shortly after giving birth.
In June 2017, teacher Esra Demir was detained a day after giving birth in Batman as part of an investigation into the Gülen group.
In May 2017, Aysun Aydemir, an English teacher who gave birth to a baby in a Cesarean procedure, was detained at the hospital for links to the Gülen movement and subsequently arrested by a court and put in pretrial detention with a three-day-old baby in Zonguldak province.
In late January 2017, Fadime Günay, who had just given birth, was detained by police at Antalya’s Alanya Başkent Hospital as part of the same witch-hunt.
In early January 2017, Ş.A., a former private school teacher and mother of a week-old premature infant, was taken into police custody over links to the movement while she was on her way to the hospital to feed the baby.
A day after Ş.A. was taken into police custody, another mother known as Meryem gave birth to twins by C-section at a hospital in Konya and was detained by police despite doctors’ reports that she should not travel and was taken to Aksaray from Konya in a police car.
According to recent data released by the Ministry of Justice, more than 2,250 mothers are held in penal institutions, of whom 520 are obliged to raise their 0 to 6-year-old children in prison.
A total of 138,148 people have been dismissed from their jobs, 118,235 detained and 55,927 arrested as part of a government crackdown following the failed coup last summer, a tally by TurkeyPurge.com said.
Elif Yeniceli, Uşak
Doğum sancıları çekerken polis başında bitti
Az evvel adli kontrol şartıyla serbest bırakıldı 🙂
Ama bebek halen yoğun bakımda
Usak'ta hamile anne çok kötü bir doğum gecesi yaşadı
Kendisi, yakınları ve en kötüsü karnındaki bebek stres altındaydı https://t.co/lUwhkPYgB6
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) October 26, 2019