Who is Hasan Tunclar? Man slips hand down 15-year-old daughter's dress and touches her breasts in TikTok video
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A Turkish man, who touched his daughter inappropriately in a TikTok video, has been arrested. The clip, which reportedly emerged on Monday, March 15, shows the father allegedly abusing his 15-year-old daughter “physically and verbally”. The man in the video was identified as Hasan Tunclar.
The video has sparked outrage among social media users who have slammed the app for promoting violence and overly sexualizing minors. Tunclar is seen speaking of his daughter’s features elaborately while slipping his hand down her dress at one point and even feels her breasts up.
While it’s unclear as to what Tunclar’s exact words are in the video, according to Daily Sabah, he says, “Praise be to God, she is as sweet as cream.” He’s seen sitting next to his unidentified daughter on the couch, facing the camera while praising her features in a disturbing manner.
Reports further suggest that Tunclar was arrested and taken into protective custody by social services, the Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Policies on Tuesday, March 16. Meanwhile, the ministry told in a statement that they have taken action against the “inappropriate comments and gestures" showcased on TikTok. "The child is under the protection and we will pursue the legal process regarding the incident," the statement said.
The ministry also said it would be a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the father who is in detention and would be taken to the court for further legal actions later.
The Turkish government passed new legislation in January, which requires all the social media apps to appoint a formal representative in Turkey. "Our hope is that other social network providers will also report their representatives and fulfill their obligations," Deputy Transport and Infrastructure Minister Omer Fatih Sayan said. TikTok reportedly agreed to appoint a local representative. In 2020, Turkey is said to have imposed a fine of $5.34million on multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
In a similar incident, a man was suspended for a term of one year and three months in Istanbul, for threatening a woman in a TikTok video. Per reports, Samir Balakishiyev was heard saying, "you will end up like Özgecan Aslan, I will find and burn you," referring to the victim of a horrendous murder in Southern Turkey in 2015. In the deleted video, he is alleged to have held a sword in hand while saying he would "rape and kill" the woman. He later claimed he was simply "showing off and trying to attract followers."