Harassment of headscarved students at Turkish campus

Attack against headscarved students at the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) campus in Turkey's capital Ankara sparked public outrage

Harassment of headscarved students at Turkish campus


World Bulletin / News Desk

Verbal harassment against headscarved students at the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) campus in Turkey's capital Ankara sparked public outrage and widely talked over social media. 

The incident took place as new students of ODTÜ by succeeding at the university entrance exam had came to the campus to register.

Some students verbally abused the new students, carrying banners and shouting slogans.

According to a video record that was shared on the Internet, the harassment continued until the victims left the campus.

Video record showed many ODTÜ students supported the attack by applauding the attackers.

The victims said they will file a legal complaint about the incident.

Almost all Turkish universities have abandoned the official prohibition on Islamic headscarves on their campuses; the ban itself ended in September when the government said that it would support any student expelled or disciplined for wearing a headscarf. 

A Human Rights Watch report released in 2004 concluded that the headscarf ban ultimately stifled academic freedom, forcing the resignation of female professors and preventing some women from attending universities at all. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Eylül 2013, 16:38

Muhammed Öylek

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