ISTANBUL — The winner of Turkey’s national beauty pageant, who was forced to hand back her crown over a contentious tweet, is facing up to one year in jail on charges of “publicly denigrating” elements in Turkish society, a report said on Thursday.
Itir Esen, 18, won Miss Turkey 2017 in September but then had her crown taken away because of what organizers said an ‘unacceptable tweet’ she sent around the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
As a result, she missed the chance to represent Turkey in the Miss World competition in China and prosecutors also opened a criminal probe against her.
In the tweet, she compared the blood shed in her menstrual cycle with that of the 249 people who lost their lives during the failed coup and are now celebrated in Turkey as martyrs.
“I am having my period this morning to celebrate the July 15 martyrs’ day. I am celebrating the day by bleeding on behalf of our martyrs’ blood,” she wrote.
Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to one year jail for Esen on charges of “publicly denigrating some part of society based on their class, race, religion, sect, gender or regional differences,” the private Dogan news agency quoted the indictment as saying.
An Istanbul court is due to decide whether to approve the indictment within 15 days, Dogan said.
After the tweet was discovered, Esen’s title was handed to Asli Sumen, who came second and who will now represent Turkey in the Miss World contest in China on November 18.
Esen had confirmed she posted the tweet, which she said was written “carelessly” but added that it had no political aims.Follow @gorkhapost
World Bank to provide Rs 16 billion to 21 municipalities
GALKOT- The World Bank is to invest tens of millions of rupees for the infrastructure development of Baglung Municipality.
Mayor of Baglung Municipality Janak Raj Poudel said that the WB is investing approximately Rs 16 billion in 21 municipalities throughout the country, including Baglung Municipality, through the Urban Administrative Capacity and Infrastructure Improvement Project II.
The Project organized a meeting some days back with mayors, deputy mayors, the chief administrative officers and engineers of the municipalities concerned and informed them about the local levels selected for the funding and the works to be carried out under the project.
According to mayor Poudel, four municipalities in Gandaki Province have been selected for the implementation of the project. These include Baglung Municipality in Baglung district, Vyas Municipality and Shukla Gandaki municipality in Tanahu district and Putalibazaar Municipality in Syangja district.
Poudel said each municipality will get between approximately Rs 700 million to Rs 800 million after the Project allocates the budget by preparing the indices.
The road taken as the ‘Ring Road’ of Baglung Municipality was constructed under the first phase of this Project. Mayor Poudel said that the municipality will spend the fund received from the Project in the ‘pride’ projects of the municipality.Follow @gorkhapost