“[Someone] knocked on the door at around 7.30 a.m. I opened it. 4 police officers. They searched the house and then took away my husband. Please pray for us,” read a post sent Monday to a closed Facebook group, established by some of the purge victims in Turkey. “How does the process work? Would they let my husband let go?”
While the details about the charges raised against the woman’s husband are yet to be known, the woman, named Ayşenur Ciğerci, is likely to be among thousands of others who have had their loved ones arrested on trumped-up accusations by the Turkish government.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group and initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the group from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Hundreds of human tragedies in Turkey have been reported to date. Since the failed attempt, a total of 146,674 people have been dismissed from their jobs, 125,221 detained and 58,298 arrested as part of a government crackdown, a tally by TurkeyPurge.com said.
In a similar vein, according to recent data released by the Ministry of Justice, more than 6,000 women are held in penal institutions, constituting around 9 percent of the total prison population in Turkey.