Son sues mother for limiting freedom in university preferences

Yesugay Oba's mother believes that her ex-husband, Cem Oba, a retired model, has had a hand in persuading his son to prefer ODTÜ and insists that her son should study in İstanbul.

Son sues mother for limiting freedom in university preferences

A teenager has filed a complaint against his mother for “limiting his freedom” in university preferences and the mother could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Yesugay Oba, 18, ranked in the top 1 percent in university admission test results and could easily win entrance to the leading Turkish universities he prefers. But he is facing one major obstacle -- his mother.

Mother Nurdan Oba is living in the lavish Etiler neighborhood of İstanbul with her son, an area close to Boğaziçi University, Turkey's leading state-run university. The mother wants her son to choose Boğaziçi because of its proximity but the son would prefer to study engineering at Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), a state-funded university in Ankara.

Yesugay Oba's mother believes that her ex-husband, Cem Oba, a retired model, has had a hand in persuading his son to prefer ODTÜ and insists that her son should study in İstanbul.

Yesugay Oba, a graduate of Saint Pulcherie French High School, filed a complaint with the İstanbul Public Prosecutor's Office, claiming that his mother is limiting his freedom. The office has launched an investigation into the incident and says the mother could face up to five years in prison if Turkish laws on limiting freedom of movement are found applicable and she is found guilty. It is highly likely that the court would suspend her sentence if she were found guilty.

Observers believe that there is a loophole in Turkish law regarding the rights of parents in making university preferences for their children.

Cihan

Last Mod: 19 Temmuz 2013, 18:13
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