Despite Turkish Ministry of Interior, Suleyman Soylu’s claims live on national TV that no torture or mistreatment took place during the last 4 to 5 years, a recent incident took place during a house raid in Diyarbakır (Amed).
In the Bağlar district of Diyarbakir, 55-year-old Kevser Demir was battered by the police during a raid to detain her son. The police broke Kevser Demir’s 3 teeth and arm during the house raid.
The woman received a medical report detailing the injuries recieved as a result of the assault from the Selahaddin Eyyubi State Hospital and filed a criminal complaint regarding the torture and ill-treatment she was subjected to with the authorities. Kevser Demir also applied to the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and the Diyarbakir branch of the Human Rights Association.
Speaking to Tigris Newspaper, Kevser Demir described the incident that occured on the evening on May 18, 2021, as follows:
“On May 18, I heard my son’s raised voice and I went downstairs, they were beating up my child, I said I am a mother, don’t beat my child,” Demir continues: “One policeman grabbed me by my hair, he slapped me on the floor and kicked me, my 3 teeth were broken my arm was broken, my daughter Fatma came and said why did you beat my mother, they hit my daughter, too.”
Kevser Demir states that she will follow the case through the courts to the end. “I am a complainant of these police, our police treat us like this, I do not accept this, I will follow this case until I die,” she says.
Meanwhile, in a statement regarding the incident, Diyarbakır Governorship defended the police violence. It alleged that the family members “resisted” during the detention. In the statement, it was noteworthy that the injuries suffered as a result of the torture of the 55-year-old woman were not mentioned at all.