Ayşe Ateş, who was jailed when she was five months pregnant due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, gave birth at an İzmir hospital on Tuesday and was sent back to jail on Wednesday with her newborn baby.
While Ateş was at the hospital awaiting delivery, gendarmes waited in front of her room to prevent relatives from seeing her. Even the woman’s mother was not allowed to see the newborn infant.
After the birth of her baby, Ateş was sent back to Şakran Prison in İzmir where she has been incarcerated for four months.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu voiced criticism of the treatment received by Ateş with a message from his Twitter account on Wednesday.
“A.A. gave birth to a baby alone at a hospital with no relatives given a chance to see her. The baby’s grandmother was not even allowed to see the infant in another room. The 1-day-old baby was taken back to the prison. A.A. has not been convicted. She has not even stood trial. Such acts of cruelty have never before been recorded in our history,” Tanrıkulu tweeted, addressing Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül.