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File photo shows female students at a Quran course  in the Anatolian province of Çorum. AA photo

File photo shows female students at a Quran course in the Anatolian province of Çorum. AA photo

An imam was detained after allegedly abusing his former student, R.K., on the street in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş, daily Vatan reported yesterday.

The imam allegedly kissed the 19-year-old girl on the lips after the girl kissed his hands to show her respect when they encountered each other on the street.

"I said hello when I saw him because he taught me the Quran before. I kissed his hands," the girl said. "He kissed me on the cheek at first. Then he kissed me on the lips."

"I kissed you [on the lips] because you read the Quran with your lips," the imam reportedly said when the girl reacted.

The man said R.K. was his child and that he could kiss her when a relative of the girl intervened in the incident.

After the girl called police, the imam reportedly offered to buy ice cream for the girl and her relative to clear up the “misunderstanding.”

 

Police detained the imam, but a Kahramanmaraş court released him pending trail.

July/17/2012

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mara mcglothin

7/17/2012 8:25:31 PM

Good one RYAN!!!!

Ryan James

7/17/2012 5:40:14 PM

What about the imam that's abusing the country?

mara mcglothin

7/17/2012 4:47:37 PM

Spot on ! CHRIS GREEN and you have to remember that in Turkey everyone is concerned with what everyone else thinks, so many crimes(not unlike the RCChurch did) things are covered up or made to look innocent when there is a lot of this going on. RED TAIL There is a process of grooming children for abuse and it starts somewhere. Perhaps had she made no comment, then next time it would have been more until the actual true abuse began.

DutchTurk JANICAR

7/17/2012 4:25:24 PM

@ Vangelis, bravo 1st great comment in a while.

Chris Green

7/17/2012 4:22:41 PM

Vangelis makes a very good point but it is the case that a vast number of the priesthood use their position to influence, groom and abuse selected victims of either sex depending upon the sexual proclivity of the person concerned. We have heard of it especially within the Roman Catholic church whilst Makarios was notorious of course. But it definitely goes on in the Church of England too and there can be no surprise that it happens within the Imam-hood. Quite a few in jail here, actually!

Red Tail

7/17/2012 3:01:07 PM

It says that the Imam "abuses" the student. It is certainly very inappropriate behaviour, but is not the word "abuse" a bit of an exageration?

Ameer Raschid

7/17/2012 2:28:18 PM

Ahmed Ali is confused about individuals who are confused about what they think they have a right to do despite religious and ethical teachings regardless of their religion. The degree of abuse can vary from touching inappropriately to more egregious acts. Turkey has clear cultural and religious traditions and some authoritarian and patriarchal ones that are abused. This should no longer be normal or expected and should no longer be tolerated by secular or religious people.

Vangelis Denaxas

7/17/2012 2:25:00 PM

This means that he would also kiss a male student on his lips since he reads Quran with his lips too?...

Ahmad Ali

7/17/2012 12:42:34 PM

Its very normal to expect such incidents in a society that is very confused of the way it wants to go.
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