Turkish TV series ‘Fatmagül’ sparks debate in Greece

Turkish TV series ‘Fatmagül’ sparks debate in Greece

Turkish TV series ‘Fatmagül’ sparks debate in Greece

Beren Saat (L) and Engin Akyürek (R) star in ‘Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne.’

The Turkish TV series “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne” (What is Fatmagül’s Fault?), which received mixed reactions in Turkey, has begun to be aired on Greek Mega TV. The series’ first episode already put it at the top of the ratings list but also drew reactions from politicians in the country.

The women’s branch of the opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) made a complaint to the Higher Board of Greek Radio and Television (ESRT) on the grounds that the question “Can a woman fall in love with her rapist?” was asked in the trailer for the series. “The TV series gives credence to rape culture. It is the wrong message,” it said in a statement.

The statement said it was unacceptable to showcase the crime of rape at a time in which violent attacks against women have increased, while demanding the ESRT fine Mega TV. The women’s branch also called for all women in the country not to watch the TV series.

“Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne” stars actress Beren Saat in the role of Fatmagül. Actor Engin Akyürek plays Kerim, the main male character in the TV series. He is the husband of Fatmagül and protects her.

When it was first aired, the series also sparked controversy among Turks who claimed it legitimized marriage to one's rapist, since Kerim was with three rapists during the incident and did not prevent them from sexually assaulting Fatmagül.