A total of 115 minors pregnant girls were hospitalized in Istanbul from January 1st to May 9th of last year, without informing the authorities, something mandatory for girls under the age of 18. Among the 115 girls 39 were from Syria. The case came to light when a social worker and a psychologist in the hospital notified the prosecution.
According to the records from the Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Hospital in the Küçükçekmece district of Istanbul, of the 115 girls, 77 were pregnant, 15 to 18 years old, and the remaining 38 before they even reach 15-year-old.
The health ministry’s law provides that police should be notified in such cases that a pregnant girl is under 18-year-old and cases involving children under the age of 15 is automatically “sexual abuse”, as Turkish Hurriyet transmits.
The prosecutor’s office in Küçükçekmece ordered a search for a doctor and a hospital worker involved in the case. However, the Istanbul governor’s office, in a letter dated 4 December 2017, did not give permission, arguing that the hospital records showed that the two hospital employees “had not neglected their duties.”
The case has raged in the neighboring country and many have expressed their sorrow for all these girls. “You can not cover the abuse of 115 children” is the relevant hashtag that appeared.