Post-coup victims now ‘accused of’ getting pregnant to avoid arrest
Women wanted for their alleged ties to the Gulen movement are now accused of getting pregnant to ditch arrest, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.
A 25-page indictment prepared by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office as part of an investigation into the movement’s alleged network of lawyers claimed that women suspected of Gulen ties across Turkey often get pregnant during prosecution or investigation phases.
Married women have been ordered to make use of the pregnancy to avoid investigation and prosecution or to survive such periods with minor harms, the indictment alleged.
The indictment said O.E.H., a lawyer who faces up to 15 years in prison on charges of membership to the Gulen movement, spent 7 days under detention before being released on judicial control. According to the indictment, O.E.H. got pregnant in order to play for the sympathy of the court.
Turkish government accuses of the Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 150,000 people have passed through police custody over Gulen links across the country and 60,000 of them, among them 17,000 women, were remanded in prison so far. Even though the indictment implied that pregnant women are released pending trial, many pregnant suspects were earlier put behind bars.
Meanwhile, at least 700 other children aged between 0 to 6 were put behind bars along with jailed parents as they had no else to look after them outside.