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The government takes revenge on the victims of the naked inspection

The government takes revenge on the victims of the naked inspection

back issue Women who have been stripped By the Turkish authorities when they were detained more than a year ago, they came to the fore again in Turkey, after local courts imposed prison sentences on female university students for 6 to 10 years, which angered human rights defenders in the country, especially opponents of the ruling Justice and Development Party. .

A few days ago, the judicial authorities in Turkey decided to imprison 20 female university students for a period ranging from 6 to 10 years, who had previously complained of Undressing them when they are detained More than a year ago in a security center located in the Turkish city of Ushak.

Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, a well-known human rights defender and member of the Turkish parliament for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, said in a tweet on his official Twitter account that these long prison sentences come in the context of “revenge” against female students who complained of being undressed in a branch. security after they demanded to sue the security men who searched them in a way they considered “humiliating”.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member of parliament, Omer Faruk Gergerli

“The whole process of sentencing of female students is revengeful and politically motivated,” said Gergerlioglu, who was returned to his parliamentary seat after he was acquitted after being detained for nearly three months.

He also added, “The girls who said they were stripped were punished in the Ushaq police station,” stressing that “this is the government’s response to the criticism it received about the strip search.”

The Turkish authorities had She detained 26 people, including 23 university students, who were stripped during the inspection At a security center in the city of Usak in early September last year, under the pretext of belonging to the movement of the Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of being behind the failed coup attempt against his rule, which took place on July 15, 2016.

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Gergerlioglu, an influential figure in the defense of human rights in Turkey, adopted the issue of women who were stripped in a security center, but the authorities refused to conduct investigations and accused the MP from the pro-Kurdish party of “lying”, but later published videos from surveillance cameras confirming The stripping of detained women, which is what happened in other security centers, where women, including famous artists in the country, were stripped.

Despite the Turkish MP’s attempts to prosecute the security men who stripped university students and other women, this failed. Parliament stripped him of his membership and paved the way for his imprisonment for about 3 months, but he was returned to Parliament again after his acquittal and release. had previously conducted interviews with a number of victims of naked searches, among whom were Well-known painter and plastic artist, Zehra Dogan The world-famous woman, who confirmed in her interview that she was stripped twice when she was detained years ago.