Turkey: Protests over 'call for pregnant women to stay indoors'
There were protests on the streets of Istanbul after a Muslim "thinker" appeared to suggest pregnant women should not appear in public.
It prompted the Turkish government to issue a statement saying that Islam required no isolation of women and that being a mother was a "gift". Omer Tugrul Inancer - a Sufi thinker, or Muslim mystic - reportedly told state television it was "disgraceful" for expectant women to show themselves. "[They] should not stroll in the streets with such bellies. First of all, it is not aesthetic," daily paper Hurriyet quoted him as saying. It seems he then complained about pregnant women appearing on TV, adding: "It's disgraceful. It is not realism, it is immorality," he added.
The comments sparked protests in several locations, including the central Taksim Square, with the partners of pregnant women stuffing pillows under their clothes in support of their other-halves. Twitter comments echoed the protest slogans, using the #direnhamile - or "pregnant resist" - hashtag. Even so, when the Religious Affairs Directorate issued its statement, it still reminded pregnant women they should "be more careful about their dress" and not "wear clothes showing their bellies or backs".
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