A father has been captured driving a minibus with his 13-year-old daughter strapped to the back of the moving vehicle in Turkey.
The shocking footage, which became one of the most watched videos on Turkish social media this week, shows the young girl tied to the vehicle on a country road in the Cankiri’s Yaylakent district, north of the capital Ankara.
Turkish authorities detained the father and took him into custody after the video, which was captured by the passenger of another car, emerged.
Police identified the driver, named only as Idris K, after searching the vehicle’s registration number.
The father-of-eight said his daughter was strapped to the back of the minibus after insisting on being placed on the vehicle’s bicycle carrier.
He added that the vehicle travelled 300 to 400 meters before the girl was unstrapped.
In a statement the father of the young girl insisted that the bicycle carrier was sturdy and could carry up to 150kg.
His 22-year-old son, Enes K, told reporters that the incident and the social media storm that followed had made his family ‘very sad’ and caused much stress.
Authorities have said they are taking steps to ensure the safety of the child.
They have not yet released any information about what charges the father may face.