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