Ankara doctor dismissed for promoting polygamy

The Turkish Health Ministry has dismissed a physician at a leading hospital in capital Ankara following remarks he made encouraging men to take on second wives, Diken news site reported on Monday.

Dr. Ali Edizer, deputy chief physician at Ankara’s Gühane Military Medical Academy (GATA) hospital, has been removed from duty and is under investigation by the ministry over his comments on social media urging men involved in extramarital affairs to take on second wives, Diken said.

“Monogamy is the freedom of adultery and prostitution in practice,” Edizer wrote in a Facebook post in an apparent criticism of Turkey’s civil code, which criminalises polygamy.

The post prompted main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Özgür Özel to file a complaint with Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

Edizer took to Twitter on Monday to say he respected the Health Ministry’s decision.