A Turkish imam has been suspended after a leaked hospital report showed ‘pieces of cucumber’ were found in his rectum, say reports.
The 39-year-old, who has not been named, has been suspended by a local branch of the Religious Affairs Directorate after reports claimed he was taken to hospital with severe abdominal pain and bleeding earlier this month.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, doctors reportedly gave the official diagnosis of ‘bleeding in the anus and rectum and foreign object in the rectum.’
But the leaking of the story has been criticised by Istanbul’s Chamber of Doctors.
Ardıl Bayram Şahin, a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Doctors’ Human Rights Commission said it is a crime to leak medical records of a patient.
‘We do not know what the official investigation is about, but suspension is unacceptable,’ he said.
‘Such rights violations may prevent people with various sexual practices, especially those who are public employees, from seeking medical assistance.’
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