Turkish government, which has imprisoned 668 babies so far, has imprisoned one more mother together with her one-year-old daughter on Friday over her alleged links to the Gülen movement. Teacher Emine Toraman was sent to Yalova Prison together with her baby Saliha while her 6-year-old daughter Nesibe was left to her grandmother.
According to a report by online news portal Aktif Haber, Emine Toraman, who had been taken into custody about 10 months ago with her then-two-month-old baby and released later following a prosecutor’s decision of judicial probation, was arrested on Friday by a local court in Yalova province and sent to prison together with her one-year-old baby.
Emine Toraman, whose husband was also in prison for 14 months over his alleged links to the Gülen movement, had to go from her home in Kocaeli province to Bursa province twice in a month to visit her husband in prison with her two children.
The private school, for which Emine Toraman worked as a teacher, was also closed with a government decree under the rule of emergency and then an investigation was launched against her in November 2016 over her alleged use of mobile phone messaging application Bylock, that she had never used.
Turkish authorities believe that ByLock is a communication tool among the alleged followers of the Gülen movement. Turkish government blames the movement for a failed takeover on July 15, 2016 while the group denies involvement demanding for a thorough investigation. Tens of thousands of people, including civil servants, police officers, soldiers, businessmen and even housewives, have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
Eventually, she was arrested by local court after her hearing in Yalova province on November 3, 2017 as her daughter named Saliha turned one-year-old. Emine Toraman and baby Saliha were reportedly sent to prison, while her 6-year-old elder daughter Nesibe was left to her grandmother.