Free Women’s Movement (TJA) spokesperson Ayşe Gökkan spoke about the arrest of Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Leyla Güven, criticising the detailed ruling of the Turkish court that considered defending matriarchy a hate crime.
DTK co-chair Leyla Güven has been imprisoned due to her political work and speeches on 22 December 2020.
Güven was detained in Diyarbakır (Amed) and sentenced to 22 years and 3 months in prison on charges of being an executive of an organisation.
According to Mesopotamia Agency’s report, the court released the detailed ruling of the decision.
Leyla Güven’s speeches criticising patriarchy and defending matriarchal society were considered a hate crime in the detailed ruling of the court.
Free Women’s Movement (TJA) spokesperson Ayşe Gökkan commented on the incident. Gökkan criticised the mindset of those who prepared the indictment and the detailed ruling, adding defending matriarchy was not a hate crime, on the contrary, it was a helpful discussion for society.
Gökkan said if Leyla Güven’s speech criticising patriarchy was really a crime, then they themselves would be a party to the crime and they would denounce themselves.