2004-01-18 00:15:00 UTC
Afife Mintas, the provincial head of the Women's Branches of the
Democratic People's Party (DEHAP), applied to the Human Rights Association
(IHD) saying she was kidnapped and physically and sexually tortured by
IHD deputy head Reyhan Yalcindag said Mintas was kidnapped, a gun was put
in her mouth and she was threatened with becoming missing and with rape.
Yalcindag said Mintas also faced sexual violence and insults. She also
reminded that Gulbahar Gunduz, the Istanbul head of DEHAP Women's
Branches, was kidnapped by security forces and was raped a couple of
"You cannot fight the state," the security forces told Mintas, according
to Yalcindag. "If you don't act together with us from now on, think about
what will happen to you. Don't go to DEHAP ever again," they told Mintas.
"This makes clear who is responsible of the kidnapping," said Yalcindag.
Yalcindag said they would seek legal action for the crime.
"The address of those responsible is clear," She said. "The society and
humanity is responsible of the physical and sexual violence against
According to her, on December 9, 2003, police intervened as Mintas tried
to make a press statement and deliver petitions to the governor's office
for "education in mother tongue." Some people were hurt during the
intervention and Mintas was one of them.
On that same day, Mintas left the DEHAP building around 6 p.m. She was
forced into a white car as she was walking on the street. The lights of
the car were turned off. Someone closed her eyes with his hands. A gun was
put in her mouth.
She was forced to open her mouth and threatened with urinating in her
mouth. One of the men showed her his penis and she was threatened with
rape. Her neck was injured with a knife. She was threatened with becoming
missing and being killed and with rape. She went through sexual violence
Mintas also added that the people in the car told her: "You cannot fight
the state. If you don't act together with us from now on, think about what
will happen to you. Do not go to DEHAP ever again." (BIA, December 22,