Minister to file lawsuit against CHP deputy over sexist insult

“If [Mustafa Kemal] Atatürk had not established the republic, you would now be the second, third or fourth wife of a member of a religious community,” the CHP deputy said in his Parliament speech.

Minister to file lawsuit against CHP deputy over sexist insult

World Bulletin/News Desk

Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin will file a TL 100,000 lawsuit against Republican People's Party (CHP) Tunceli deputy Kamer Genç for an insult he made about her during a session of Parliament on Thursday.

The CHP deputy said in his speech in Parliament on Thursday that “If [Mustafa Kemal] Atatürk had not established the republic, you would now be the second, third or fourth wife of a member of a religious community,” addressing the minister.

Şahin, in response, told Genç that she was greatly ashamed to be in the same room as him. The minister is now preparing to file a lawsuit against Genç for his insult.

Şahin said that if she wins the lawsuit and the TL 100,000 she is seeking, she will use the money for her ministry's projects.

Parliament has issued a reprimand against the CHP deputy.

Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek also expressed his disapproval of Genç's remark, which he described as an expression that does not suit the prestige and respect of Parliament and the deputies. Çiçek then congratulated Parliament for its reprimand of Genç.

A group of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) female deputies also held a press conference on Friday to voice their condemnation of the CHP deputy.

Speaking at the meeting, AK Party Equal Opportunities for Men and Women Commission head Azize Sibel Gönül said Genç's remark was incomprehensible, illogical and immoral.

Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2013, 11:58
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