Pro-Kurdish opposition MP submits parliamentary inquiry on missing woman

Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Meral Danış Beştaş submitted a parliamentary inquiry on the fate of Gülistan Doku, a university student who has been missing for six days, Turkish news site Duvar reported on Saturday.

The police had not sought testimony from Doku’s boyfriend Zainal Abarakov, who is the stepson of a police officer stationed in Turkey’s eastern Tunceli province, where Doku was studying, Danış Beştaş said in her inquiry.

Doku had been politically active in the Munzur University in Tunceli, where she was vocal on various issues including forced prostitution of female students and monetary fines issued to students who were late to class, according to the HDP lawmaker.

Danış Beştaş said there were claims that Doku was forced into a city bus after being beaten by Russian national Abarakov, who reported the young woman as missing and later left the country.

There is CCTV footage of Doku getting into the bus, but not of her getting off, her sister Aygül Doku said.

“The police said there was no recording, but there are cameras everywhere in Tunceli," the sister was quoted by Turkish daily Cumhuriyet as saying.  

“Police statements that the case was a suicide points to the protection of the individual called Zainal, and the attempted cover-up of Gülistan’s disappearance,” Danış Beştaş said, asking whether the police officer who was Abarakov’s step father had been involved in the matter.

Aygül Doku told Cumhuriyet that she heard of a fight between her sister and Abarakov one day before she disappeared, when Abarakov told Doku that he was married in Russia. 

Police records indicate that Abarakov battered Doku later on the same day, but the Russian national was not detained as his girlfriend did not press charges, Cumhuriyet said. 

Police recently told Doku’s family that she had attempted suicide in October, based on hospital records, Doku’s uncle Mehmet Kan told Cumhuriyet.

“We had no information on this. Why didn’t the police tell us at the time? What are they trying to cover up?” the uncle asked.