Turkish pop star jailed over joke about religious schools

ANKARA: Turkish pop star Gulsen has been arrested on fees of “inciting hatred and enmity” over a joke she made about Turkey’s religious faculties, the country’s state-operate news agency claimed. The 46-12 months-previous singer and songwriter, whose complete name is Gulsen Colakoglu, was taken absent for questioning from her residence in Istanbul and was formally arrested late on Thursday ahead of currently being taken to a prison pending her trial.
The arrest sparked outrage on social media. Govt critics stated the move was an effort and hard work by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to consolidate his spiritual and conservative assistance foundation ahead of elections in 10 months’ time.
The rates ended up based on a joke Gulsen designed through a concert in Istanbul again in April when she quipped that just one of her musicians’ “perversion” stemmed from the truth that he went to a spiritual university.
A video of the singer generating the feedback commenced circulating on social media just lately, with a hashtag contacting for her arrest.
Gulsen – who experienced presently been the focus on of Islamic circles for her revealing stage outfits – issued an apology for the offense triggered but said her opinions were being seized on by individuals wanting to deepen polarisation in the place.
All through her questioning, Gulsen rejected accusations that she incited hatred and enmity, telling court docket authorities that she had “endless respect for the values and sensitivities of my region”, the condition-operate Anadolu Agency documented.
A request that she be produced from custody pending the outcome of a trial was turned down.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chief of Turkey’s most important opposition get together called on Turkey’s judges and prosecutors to release Gulsen.
“You should not betray the regulation and justice launch the artist now!” he wrote on Twitter.
The spokesman for Erdogan ruling social gathering, Omer Celik, appeared having said that, to protect the conclusion to arrest the singer, indicating “inciting hatred is not an artwork sort”.
“Concentrating on a section of society with the allegation of perversion and attempting to polarise Turkey is a dislike criminal offense and a disgrace to humanity,” Celik tweeted.
Erdogan and a lot of associates of his Islam-based mostly ruling party are graduates of religious universities, which were being initially established to teach imams.
The range of religious educational facilities has improved under Erdogan, who has promised to elevate a “pious generation”.

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