Friday, February 22, 2013

Dad beats 7-month-old baby; infant now in intensive care (Turkey)

Dad is only identified as OSMAN G.

Violent father lands 7-month-old baby in hospital

22 February 2013 /TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL

A 7-month-old baby was taken to a hospital after she was beaten by her father during a fight with his wife in the Central Anatolian province of Yozgat on Thursday.

According to news reports, Osman G. and Münevver G., who got married two years ago, started quarreling for an unknown reason. During their fight Osman G. lost his temper and started to beat the baby, which was in his arms, and the baby fainted as a result of the severe slaps. The man also threw the baby to the ground.

After their fight the couple took the baby to the hospital. The baby was placed in an intensive care unit. Münevver G. filed a criminal complaint against her husband at a police station but Osman G. was released shortly thereafter. Münevver G. told reporters that she often suffered from domestic violence at the hands of her husband. “In the second month of our marriage my husband broke my nose. I can't understand why the police released him. I call on the family and social policy minister to help us,” said Münevver G.

Gender-based violence, which is among the serious problems many women face in Turkey, has doubled in four years, according to a parliamentary report released in March. The report, prepared by a sub-commission of the parliamentary Human Rights Commission, revealed that, according to gendarmerie and police statistics, Turkey witnessed 48,264 gender-based incidents of violence in 2008, 62,587 incidents in 2009, a total of 72,257 incidents in 2010 and 80,398 incidents in 2011. Therefore, between 2008 and 2011, Turkey saw a total of 263,506 cases of domestic abuse and violence against women.