GM of Turkish food company assaults woman employee with high-pressure water
A woman employee was allegedly assaulted by the company's general manager who used a high-pressure fire hose to hit her with water, and the police who arrived at the scene upon a call was convinced by the company's owner that everything was in order.
Tulay Aslan Torun, a food engineer working for Seyidoglu food company, said to Yagmur Kaya of +Gercek:
"What's the meaning of hitting me with water from a high-pressure fire hose? This was an attempt at my life. I had a nervous breakdown. My intimate parts were exposed during the incident. The workers called for an ambulance and the police. They sent the police back saying 'nothing's wrong.' How am I supposed to get back to work after what I've lived through? How am I supposed to earn my living? I'm suffering a trauma."
While there are reportedly security camera records showing both company's general manager Mehmet Goksu entering Torun's room with a fire hose, and Torun being applied first aid by fellow workers, there is no footage from the room where Torun was allegedly assaulted.
Torun said that it all began with a scolding amounting to verbal violence when Goksu started to accuse her of not being able to manage the workers, and called her a "two-bit engineer" on the evening of 25 July.
She said that she was slammed to the concrete floor by high-pressure water when he used the hose on her, and she suffered bruises.
She added that she has regularly been subjected to insults by the general manager since she started working for the company five months ago.
Goksu denied allegations and claimed that he took the hose to clean the place himself when he saw that it has not been cleaned.
He also claimed that Torun has psychological problems, and the bruises on her body was inflicted when she was being carried to the ambulance.
The company's communications director Ali Pektas said that Torun's allegations were slander.