Two lawmakers of People’s Democratic Party (HDP), pro-terrorist party supporting the PKK, were accused of committing physical crimes against women in just two days.
Mensur Işık, MP of Mus, beat his wife Ebru Işık by punching her. In her testimony to police, Ebru Işık said that her husband had cheated her with another woman and that was the reason of their argument. Işık is expected to oust his party.
Just two days later, another HDP lawmaker, Tuma Çelik, was accused of raping a woman. Çelik was accused of committing the crime in a building of an association in Mardin, where he was having a meeting as part of the election campaign before June 2018 elections. Amid the accusation, Celik resigned from his party.
HDP is a party which stresses women’s rights frequently in rhetoric and has a 40 percent representation quota for women. However, practice shows that HDP rhetoric over the issue is not something beyond the words.