Military officer's family request Parliament probe of mobbing

The family of an officer say that he has constantly been beaten by his superiors and has even been forced to sign some illegal documents, and are worried due to high suicide rates in the army.

Military officer's family request Parliament probe of mobbing

The family of a military officer has claimed that he has been subjected to psychological pressure and mobbing within the army and has called on Parliament to investigate.

The wife and father of S.K., who has been in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) for 11 years and is currently serving as noncommissioned officer at a gendarmerie command in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, said that he has constantly been beaten by his superiors and has even been forced to sign some illegal documents.

The family said they fear that he may commit suicide.

“They have caused my husband to become mentally ill. I have two kids and I am worried that my husband will do something bad to himself. Please do investigate this incident,” S.K.'s wife said in the petition she and her father-in-law have submitted to Parliament.

The officer's father said that his son told him that he would have committed suicide long ago if it wasn't for his children.

“They forced me to sign some papers. Everything they do is illegal and they are using me as prey. They will get the money and I will be the guilty one in the end. I objected to this and they beat me,” he reportedly told his father. The military officer is reportedly receiving psychological treatment.

The father said that he knows about the high number of suicides within the TSK and that is why he is worried about his son.

The high number of suicides within the army has long been a contentious issue which flared up even further with a 2012 report from the parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission that said that the number of privates within the military who have committed suicide has exceeded the number of those who were killed in combat over the past 10 years.

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