Violent conduct within the Turkish military was long considered a taboo subject. But now the military leadership is facing serious accusations.
More than 900 Turkish soldiers have committed suicide over the past 10 years. Citing eyewitness accounts, a soldiers' rights group says one reason for the high rate is abuse within the ranks. Soldiers had to appear hardened; they were, after all, doing battle against the Kurdish PKK. The organization says over 1,000 soldiers have reported beatings and humiliation. Now a growing number of families of suicide victims are taking the issue to court.