Turkish police are waiting at Kahramanmaras Hayat Hospital to detain Ş.G., who just gave birth to her first baby, over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of mounting a botched coup attempt last summer, an opposition deputy tweeted on Dec 5.
Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a deputy from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has called on Turkish authorities to stop the practice of detaining women just hours after giving birth due to their alleged links to the Gülen group.
Tanrıkulu posted several photos of Ş.G., and the new-born baby, and said: “…she gave birth to her first baby. A police officer waited at the hospital before and after the delivery. Stop these unlawful and inhumane practices.”
Kronos online news portal said Ş.G. waited 7 years to have her first baby.
This is not the first-time Turkish police were reported to wait in/outside a hospital room to detain a woman who just had a baby as hospitals, hotels as well as state institutions have become common places where suspects are required to check in for registration, involuntarily helping police to locate them.
More than 17,000 women in Turkey, many with small children, have been jailed in an unprecedented crackdown and subjected to torture and ill-treatment in detention centers and prisons as part of the government’s post-coup crackdown against dissidents.
Kahramanmaraş Hayat Hastanesinde Şerife Gözükara bir saat önce ilk bebeğini dünyaya getirdi.Doğumdan önce ve doğumdan sonra gözaltına alınması için kapısında polis memuru bekliyor.Bu hukuk dışı ve gayri insani uygulamaları durdurun.@abdulhamitgul @adalet_bakanlik @TC_Basbakan pic.twitter.com/x9u6oxGISe
— Sezgin Tanrıkulu (@MSTanrikulu) December 5, 2017