Turkish court orders violent husband to give flowers to wife

June 22nd, 2009 - 6:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Ankara, June 22 (RIA Novosti) A court in southeast Turkey has ordered a man charged with domestic violence to give his wife flowers, regional media reported Monday.
Hayrettin Cetintas was handed the unusual sentence after a judge in the city of Diyarbakir learnt that the man regularly beat one of his two wives and his 10-year-old son.

The judge ordered him to present his wife with a bouquet of flowers once a week for the five months he is to spend on probation and also to read five books on how to raise children.

During the hearing, Cetintas also confessed: “I don’t know the birthday of my first wife or when we got married. I’ve never given flowers to her, either,” the Anatolia news agency said.

“It is possible that I might have beaten one of my children when I was tired,” he added.

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